The rising star of Vakufilapo “The CowBoy” Wilhelm
After a long pause from the bloody sport, boxing sensation, Vakufilapo “The CowBoy” Wilhelm has bounced back into the limelight and is poised to lock horns with South Africa’s Roarke Knapp on the 7th of this coming month.
Speaking to The Villager ahead of his highly anticipated fight at the Windhoek Showground, the bronze-muscled and shredded pugilist said he is back to take no casualties as he aims to land in the midst of world title fights.
The towering CowBoy who walks about with a boisterous gait remains undefeated with 21 junior fights, 42 amateur fights and six impressive bouts in which he has one Knock Out.
None of the six fights proceeded beyond three rounds, a demonstration of how brutal the comely Wilhelm can be with his opponents.
“Right now I am fit and in great shape. I am ready to fight any time. This will be my seventh professional fight,” he said over the phone when he touched base with The Villager Sport last week.
The pugilist had his professional debut in 2016 December and has a national championship title wrapped round his waist topped with a sparkling World Boxing Federation (WBF) All Africa championship belt.
Yet the story of this fighter goes back to as far as 2 000 where he entered the boxing ring as a minor.
Speaking about his opponent and how much he knows him, the CowBoy said, “I didn’t really take much time to study him but most of his fights have come by way of Knock Out and only one fight that has not come by way of KO. They had so many videos on YouTube but then when this fight came up I think they noticed that they are facing a tough opponent and they removed their videos.”
Yet it’s a not a great deal for this champion who is not given to studying opponents before a fight.
“I study them in the ring,” he puts in.
Meanwhile, he also took time to water down an article carried by New Era lately that says that he will be facing Israel Kammwamba from Malawi.
“I do not know where they got that information because they are using my wrong surname on that report. But I commented on their Facebook page and they didn’t respond and I do not know who reported that article. I am not fighting that guy,” he said.
Wilhelm is orthodox and describes himself as a hard puncher gifted with tremendous speed but does not concentrate on hard-hitting blows.
“It comes automatically, it’s part of my blood, most of my fights always end by Knock Outs but I do not give in to knocking people, but it happens,” he says.
The CowBoy said he is prepared to take the twelve rounds but if his opponent is to make a mistake, the fight may end early.