Boxer knocked unconscious in Oshakati

21 Sep 2015 19:00pm
OSHAKATI, 21 SEP (NAMPA) – Host Kilimanjaro Boxing Club dominated the Mvula Mnyango Boxing Tournament held at Oshakati in the Oshana Region on Saturday.
The club won 15 of the 18 bouts in the amateur boxing tournament.
Kilimanjaro is headed by former Namibian international boxer, Joseph Benhard. It has some 40 members who use a gym at Oshakati’s Oshoopala informal settlement as its training venue.
The fight between Titus Kaluapa (Kilimanjaro) and Mosquito Shaanika (Namibian Police Force) was disqualified because of the lack of discipline the two boxers displayed throughout their three-round fight.
The referee warned them on several occasions to refrain from holding on to each other and lowered heads, but they continued until the end of the fight.
Ring announcer Martin Kashupi indicated that apart from being disqualified, the Northern Amateur Boxing Federation will also take disciplinary action against Kaluapa and Shaanika.
The fight between Fillemon Kaukuwa (Okakwa Boxing Club) and Sakaria Matai (Oranjemund) also drew spectators’ attention after Kaukuwa knocked Matai unconscious in the second round. He was out for about two minutes.
Nurses were called in and Matai received treatment in the Ministry of Health and Social Services ambulance until he recovered.
The fight between Benhard’s son, Michael Benhard (Kilimanjaro) and Johannes Andreas (Namibian Police) ended in a technical knockout in the first round.
Julius Sheetheni (Kilimanjaro) also knocked out his opponent, Abner Ngashikwao (Oranjemund), in the first round.
Local businessman, Erastus Mnyango Mvula sponsored the tournament to the tune of N.dollars 15 000 for the second time, following the first one held at around the same time last year.
“The idea is about taking the young people from the street, away from social evils such as alcohol and drug abuse,” Mvula told Nampa at the end of the tournament.
On his part, Joseph Benhard expressed satisfaction with the turnout of young people who attended the tournament in large numbers.
The tournament, which was attended free-of-charge, will take place again next year.