SWAKOPMUND, 04 AUG – Namibia’s super featherweight champion Jeremiah Nakathila defeated last minute replacement boxer Wilson Masamba from Malawi in a fourth round technical knockout at The Dome in Swakopmund on Friday.
He had been officially scheduled to fight Crispin Moliati.
The boxers squared off for the vacant World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa Super Featherweight title during the official opening celebrations of The Dome.
Nakathila, also known as ‘Low Key’, dominated the fight as early as the first round, knocking down his opponent in the third round with vicious body and head punches.
The Malawian was clearly out of shape and failed to mount a meaningful challenge as he was at the receiving end of several hard body and head punches from the Namibian.
Nakathila, who is currently ranked number five by the WBO, never broke a sweat as he pummelled the out of sorts Malawian into submission in a one-sided bout, in a boxing match beamed live on the Namibian Broadcasting Corporation via Kwese Sports.
In other fights, Lukas Ndafoluma punished an unfit Ebenestus ‘Mendu’ Kaangundue in a second round TKO victory after Jimmy Mabundji of the Democratic Republic of Congo withdrew from the fight at the last minute.
Fillemon Nghutenyane defeated Sakaria Nikodemus via a unanimous decision after four rounds.
Nghutenyane made his pro-debut, while Nikodemus improved his record to two wins in two fights.
Harry Simon Junior then put up a show in front of his home fans and family when he defeated a spirited Lucas Handivele, who offered Simon Junior the best challenge of his short boxing career.
Handivele offered a serious challenge despite being knocked down in the second round.
He recovered well to score valuable points in the round, but succumbed to a barrage of hooks from the ever-improving Simon Junior, who improved his record to six wins from six fights.
Onesmus ‘Energy’ Nekundi then lost his World Boxing Federation Africa Lightweight Junior Title to Abraham Ndaendapo via a split decision.
Both fighters put up an entertaining show as Nekundi used his power and precision to narrowly edge an energetic Ndaendapo.