Naidjala wins WBA Interim Bantamweight title

04 Oct 2015 18:40pm


Namibian bantamweight boxer, Immanuel 'Prince' Naidjala, won the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) Pan-African Interim Bantamweight title here on Sunday morning.

The fight was held at the Windhoek Country Club Resort and Casino, and was part of the 'No Mercy Part 4' boxing bonanza that featured three African title fights on a Saturday night. Naidjala beat Cebo Ngema from South Africa on points after 12 rounds.

The judges scored the fight 118-111, 118-111 and 120-108 in the early hours of Sunday morning. ?I am really happy to have won this title today and as I promised, I delivered.

"My ring prepared me very well for this fight. I came in and won this fight, very simple, despite my opponent being a tough fighter who could just not succumb to my punches," he said.

Ngema said he was not surprised that Naidjala defeated him because he was too slow and couldn't maintain his opponent's fast-paced boxing style on the night of the fight.

Other Namibians who shined at the event were Julius Indongo who reclaimed the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa Junior Welterweight title when he defeated Zolani Marali of South Africa on points.

The three judges scored the fight 108-120, 111-117 and 108-120. In a local bout between Sakaria Lucas and Nathaniel Kamati for the WBA Pan Africa Featherweight title, Lucas retained his title after knocking out Kamati in round five of their 12-round bout.

The other undercard fights saw Martin Haikali beating Salimu Chazama from Malawi on points in their lightweight fight, while Manfred Haimbanga beat another Namibian, Ninghoti Johannes, in the junior lightweight fight. In another all-Namibian fight, Timotheus Shuulula beat Jonas Matheus on points after four rounds of boxing in their bantamweight battle, while Mendu Kaangundue beat Steven Shimbonde on points in their welterweight clash.

Namibian lightweight boxer, Samuel Kapapu drew his fight against Crispin Moliati of Malawi after four rounds, and Mike Shonena defeated Ernest Msoliza of Malawi on a unanimous decision after six rounds.