Wilberforce retains WBO Africa title


World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa super middleweight champion, Wilberforce ‘Black Mamba’ Shihepo narrowly retained his title against compatriot, Johannes ‘Tito’ Mwetupunga, last Saturday night by a unanimous decision in the 12-round title bout.
Shihepo came strong in the first three rounds but it was Mwetupunga who took the show from the fourth round by bombarding Shihepo with right and left hooks, sending the champion on the ropes twice.
The foxy Mwetupunga seemed cleverer in his tactics and approach in the fight as compared to Shihepo who solely relied on his physical power.
Shihepo’s aggressiveness did little to deter Mwetupunga from standing his ground and having boxing fans chant his nickname; ‘Tito, Tito...’.
The bloody fight saw both boxers suffer from cuts on their left-eyes leading to a stop of the fight twice for the ring doctor to attend to Mwetupunga.
Shihepo would soon run out of ideas; he was clearly frustrated and agitated that he could not send Mwetupunga to the wires as he had claimed at press conferences prior to the fight.
The champion has improved his professional record to 23 fights, 22 wins, one loss and one defeat while Mwetupunga’s record stands at 15 fights, 11 wins and three losses.
The newly-crowned WBO Africa welterweight champion, Sacky Shikukutu, was in no doubt the boxer of the ‘International Boxing Bonanza’ as he visibly sent his countryman, Tommy Hango, to the canvas to successfully become the champion.
Shikukutu caught Hango with a devastating right hook in the tenth round and that was the thunder strike punch that registered Shikukutu’s victory over his opponent by a knockout.
Shikukutu’s record now stands at 17 fights, 14 wins, two loses and one draw while Hango’s is 15 fights, 11 wins, four losses and one draw.
WBO Africa bantamweight champion, Immanuel ‘Prince’ Naindjala, also recorded a victory over Ecuador’s Lius Singo by a technical decision. However, the fight had to be stopped because Singo had sustained a deep cut due to an unintended head-but by Naindjala.
The Prince had been all over Singo from the beginning; a sign that showed he was destined to record an early knockout in the first five rounds of the bout. Unfortunately, Singo ran all over the ring making it difficult for Naindjala to corner him. Naindjala’s record now stands at impressive undefeated 15 fights.
The same evening saw Samuel Kapapu become the lightweight national champion after beating fellow countryman Peter Malakia by a technical knockout. His professional record now stands at 17 fights, 11 wins, three losses and one draw.
In the catch-weight division, Sakaria Lukas beat David Egumbo by a technical knockout and brought his record to just five fights with no defeat while in the lightweight division, Immanuel Andeleki brought his record to two fights, one loss and one defeat after beating Leonard Shemuvalula who had a pro debut.
Mathias Johannes beat Toivo Muwkwendje by a knockout in the juniour lightweight bout bringing his record to two fights, one defeat and one win.
Like in the previous international boxing bonanza, local boxing fans flocked in their hundreds at the Windhoek Country Club and Resort to see their favourite boxers in action.