WINDHOEK, 08 APR – Namibia’s Jonas Junias Jonas on Sunday registered his second win in the men’s boxing Round of 16 at the 2018 Commonwealth Games underway in Queensland, Australia.
The 64 kilogramme (kg) boxer beat Valentin Kondakov of Samoa on points after three rounds of boxing. All five judges scored in his favour. In his first fight at the competition earlier in the week, Jonas beat Rashield Williams of Bahrain.
The win against Kondakov means the 2014 Commonwealth Games silver medallist will now face Dinindu Ponnawela Vidanalage Don of Sri Lanka on Tuesday.
On Friday, Namibian amateur boxer Matias Hamunyela was knocked out of the competition in the men’s 46-49 kg category by Kenyan fighter Shaffi Hassan. He lost the fight 2-3 in the Round of 16 after three rounds of boxing. Only two judges out of the five scored in his favour.
With Hamunyela eliminated from the competition, Team Namibia will now put all their hopes on Jonas and Tryagain Ndevelo, who will make his debut at the Games on Monday, when he fights Harry Garside from Australia in the 60kg category Round of 16.
The Namibian team is competing in athletics, bowls, boxing, cycling, gymnastics, Para-sports and triathlon at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which ends on 15 April.