Mandume crowned national Junior Middleweight champ

02 Nov 2014 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 02 NOV (NAMPA) – Local boxer Pohamba ‘The President’ Mandume on Saturday beat Lucas ‘The Demolisher’ Ndafoluma to be crowned the new national Junior Middleweight champion.
The Kinda Promotions boxing bonanza was held at the Gateway Centre in Windhoek’s Khomasdal residential area.
Mandume and Ndafoluma both went into the 10-round bout determined to prove a point after exchanging verbal blows on Tuesday.
Mandume dominated the first six rounds of the bout, pushing Ndafoluma to the rope most of the time and leaving him with a cut eye in the fifth round.
From round seven, Ndafoluma started showing what he is made of, landing a couple of jabs. They were however not enough to land him the title as the judges’ score cards read 97-93, 93-97, 97-93 in favour of the new national junior middleweight champion, Mandume.
Speaking to Nampa after the fight, Ndafoluma was not happy with the outcome of the fight and claimed that he was robbed.
“I landed more punches than the President and all my punches were clean, I don’t know what he did to win this fight. This is not good for boxing, I was robbed tonight and this is not fair,” said Ndafoluma.
An excited Mandume meanwhile said Ndafoluma is a good fighter, but on the night he became a good customer.
“I have been training very hard for this fight and Lucas was a good fighter tonight as he punched me hard, but I was focused on capitalising on every mistake he made. He was a good customer because I pushed him around the whole fight,” he said.
He added that fighting him is not easy because he has gained enough experience from his previous fights to punish any boxer in the ring.
“I am a boxer of the future. I fought against big guys like (retired professional South African boxer) Phillip Ndou who is big and very experienced. From now on other boxers should learn that fighting the President is not an easy job,” said Mandume.
Meanwhile, in the undercard fights of the night Johannes Gabriel and Johannes Niingoti drew their fight after four rounds of boxing in the featherweight 57.15 kilogramme (kg) category.
In another 57.15kg featherweight fight, George Iiyambo beat Michael Kambunga with a round four knock-out.
Kristian Ukelo beat David Shinuna on points in the lightweight 61.23kg fight, while Mathew Kaandala knocked Candy Imalwa out in round one of the six-round of their super featherweight 58.97kg bout.