WINDHOEK, 08 APR – Sensational boxer Vakufilapo ‘Cowboy’ Wilhelm retained his World Boxing Federation (WBF) Africa super welterweight title with a sixth-round stoppage Sunday morning.
Wilhelm beat his Malawian opponent, Limbani Masamba at the Windhoek Showgrounds during the Salute Boxing Academy ‘Showdown’ Boxing Bonanza.
Masamba, who promised to stop his opponent and get the WBF African title, had little to offer in the ring as Wilhelm took control of the fight from the opening round until the Malawian boxer threw in the towel in the sixth round.
The referee stopped the fight just two minutes and 39 seconds (2:39) into that round.
The Namibian boxer, who entered the venue with an entourage of bikes, used his speed and jabs to punish his opponent, who struggled to match his boxing style.
Speaking to Nampa after the fight, Masamba said his body told him he could not take it anymore, prompting him to give up.
“Today was not my day. My opponent was really too fast for me and he was hitting me more, that is why I decided to stop. But next time I come to Namibia I’ll talk less and do the job when I get into the ring,” he said.
Speaking to the media after his win, Wilhelm said he is the future of Namibian boxing and he is looking forward to even better fights.
“I am ready to beat whoever I fight. I trained well for this fight as you saw, the Malawian got it and I am in my best shape,” he said.
Wilhelm has a record of seven fights and seven wins, with six of them coming via knockout.
In other fights on the night, Frans Naanda beat Titus Thomas, who made his pro debut, on points after four rounds of boxing in the bantamweight category.
In a heavyweight bout, Zimbabwean Simon Madhanire beat Walter Mukoroli with a round two knockout.
In one of the most exciting bouts on the night, the fight between David ‘Opuwo Flash’ Shinuna and Costa Frans was ruled a ‘no contest’ after the two boxers clashed heads in round three. Officials stopped the fight as Shinuna had a cut on his head.
Gabriel Imalwa beat his fellow Namibian, Tommy Nakashimba on points after six rounds of boxing in their super featherweight bout. Another super featherweight bout saw Nathanael Sebastian beat Dominicus Weyulu with a round three technical knockout. The referee stopped the fight 1:44 seconds into the round.
Another technical knockout on the night came in the middleweight category, when Ndangi Shapwa, who also made his pro debut, had a night to forget. Alfeus Shilongo battered Shapwa for two rounds and he then threw in the towel at the start of the third round.
In a title fight between Nathanael Kakololo and Israel Kammwamba of Malawi, the Namibian boxer beat his hard-punching opponent from Malawi 98-92; 97-93 and 99-92 to win the vacant WBF Africa featherweight title.
Wilbeforce Shihepo also beat his opponent, Mussa Ajibu from Malawi in a light heavyweight bout which turned out to be a wrestling match.
Shihepo knocked his opponent out in the third round, forcing referee Trevor Jacobs to stop the fight.
Despite the referee stopping the fight, Ajibu took the matter into his own hands and the two boxers ended up in a brawl. Police officers had to step into the ring to help the two camps to restrain the two fighters.