Eradias ‘The President’ Hamunyela lost his Namibian Welterweight championship crown to Anthony Jaarman on Saturday night at the Windhoek Country Club, Resort and Casino through a majority decision.
Jaarman (29) won the fight 92:98, 90:100 and 95:95 against a more experienced Hamunyela (31) who has now suffered two successive loses.
The fight was already won in the 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th rounds, with majority of Jaarman’s heavy punches landing successfully on the face of a tired looking, helpless, misfiring and sloppy Hamunyela.
Jaarman who now has a record of 10f, 9w and 1l said he was surprised at his victory.
“I was surprised to have made it up to the 10th round,” he beamed, adding, “I wish to go further in African championships and internationally. I still need to work hard and keep on going if I am to reach my dreams of becoming the best boxer alive”.
Humbled by the defeat, Hamunyela promised to work harder and hopefully reclaim the title.
“He fought a good fight. But this is not the end of me, I will return to the ring stronger,” said Hamunyela.
Jaarman’s trainer, Mistake Gariseb, unlike his client, said he was not surprised by the victory.
“I have been with the boy since he was an amateur and even then, I knew he would be a champion one day. Tonight was a testimony,” Gariseb said.
Jaarman’s triumph might have just landed him a lucrative deal, as Anita Tjombe, spokesperson of Onkugo Promotions, which is home to former World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Middleweight champion Harry Simon, expressed her desire to sign him up.
“He is a very good fighter and I am going to sign him up,” enthused Tjombe, adding, eyebrows were raised last week when she announced the National Welterweight title would be fought by Hamunyela and Jaarman.
Said Kinda Nangolo of Kinda Promotions; “Nobody knew him (Jaarman) until tonight. He is the only coloured boxer currently in the country and he has shown how good he is”.
The bout, scheduled for 10 rounds, was promoted by Kinda Promotions and sponsored by Telecom Namibia.
This is Hamunyela’s second defeat on the bounce, after losing last November to South Africa’s Philip Ndou.
Results of other bouts:
Celestinus Haingura won on points against Nangunda Dorian in the Bantamweight title. George Ita defeated Peter Philipus on points in the Featherweight while Sebby Sheuyange beat Johannes Ishono in the first round.
Niilo Costa Frans also won his bout against Michael Kambungu in their Lightweight title match.
Gabriel Imalwa and Kennedy Kamati won their bouts against Christian Uukelo and Varde Ndayambekwa in the Lightweight matches, respectively.