WINDHOEK, 12 MAY – Khomas dominated the 2018 National Youth Games boxing tournament, winning four of the eight gold medals on offer.
Omusati was second with two gold medals, while Ohangwena and Oshana won gold apiece on Saturday.
Matheus Ngesheya from Ohangwena is the boxer of the tournament after displaying great skill in winning the 60 kilogramme category.
Ngesheya beat a strong field of boxers on his way to the final, where he beat Fabianus Stefanus of Oshana by a 2-1 points’ victory.
The boxer of the tournament accolade was a tough decision to be made between Ngesheya and Flame Nangolo, who fought in the 56 kg category.
Nangolo from Khomas forced the match official to stop his fight against Divas Namugongo from Erongo, who had received a lot of punishment.
Other gold medallists are Trofinus Johannes from Oshana, who beat Emmanuel Nghilongwa of Khomas in the 49kg category.
Joseph Hafeni from Khomas beat Petrus Mandume of Kunene in the 52kg division to win gold.
Petrus Mathews of Khomas produced the fight of the day when he beat an over confident Rian Rispel from Otjozondjupa via a retirement in the second round of their 64kg bout.
Rispel came out guns blazing, swinging widely and failed to connect any meaningful punches.
That left him badly exposed as he was caught by several hard punches from Mathews, forcing the referee to give Rispel an eight-count knockdown.
Second round was the same. With Rispel clearly tired, Mathews continued to pummel him until he submitted to a retirement with a few seconds remaining of the round.
Meanwhile, three boxers were declared champions unopposed when no opponents could be found for them in their weight classes.
Nehemia Ndilinawa and Elia Matias both from Omusati in the 69kg and 75kg divisions, respectively, were crowned champions.
They were joined as gold medallists by the host region’s Glorious Esau in the 81 kg division.