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Tyson to star in year-end gig


by John Tuerijama
Sports

It’s clear that the local boxing community has been looking forward to a re-match between Namibia’s WBO African welterweight champion, Betuel ‘Tyson’ Uushona and Ghanaian-born Francis Gakpetor.
Gakpetor drew in a match with Uushona on a technical decision, because of an accidental head butt last month.
However, instead of a re-match, Tyson, who’s known for his hard-hitting body jabs and good handy-work when in the ring, will take on South African opponent, Takudzva Kuchocha in what is expected to be the fight of the night from the nine bouts lined up this Friday at Safari.
With Tyson’s professional record speaking volumes with (27f, 25w,1l and 2d) against Kuchocha’s record that is standing at (17f,16w and 1l), the Namibian boxer will definitely reap from his experience to down the South African at the end of the final round.  Uushona has been finding difficulty in knocking out an opponent for the past couple of years.
Another interesting bout to look forward to is the return of Vikapita “Beast Master” Meroro in the catch-weight division against Zimbabwe’s Victor Moyo whose professional record is 11 fights, six wins and five losses while Beast Master’s record is 23 fights, 20 wins and three losses.
It is not known if Meroro will be up for the challenge since he last fought in June this year when he was beaten by Ghana’s Braimah Komako in the WBO African light heavyweight title bout at Accra International.
Another boxing sensation on the card is Namibia’s bantam weight champion, Immanuel “Prince” Naindjala who will trade blows against the upcoming boxing minnow Thami Mbonami who has an impressive record of four wins out of four fights.
The Prince on the other hand, boasts an impressive  record of 11 fights with no defeat thus proving to be the more experienced of the two, with the less experienced Mbonami having last entered the ring in a competitive bout in May last year.
Underrated under card fights include the following:
Catch-weight division:
Elias Nashivela (pro debut) vs. Thomas Shangula (1f 1d)
Featherweight division:
Lazarus Namalambo ( 2f 2w)) vs. Elikana Kalenga ((3f 2w 1d)
Junior welterweight division:
Philemon Kanime (2f 2l) vs. Jason Mashela (pro debut)
Featherweight division:
David Egumbo (2f 2w)) vs. Costa Nilo (2f 2l)
Welterweight division:
Anthony Jaarman ( 6f 6w) vs. Bhekimpilo Mlilo (s7f3w4l)