Uushona gets first world title fight

01 Jun 2016 21:00pm
WINDHOEK, 01 JUN (NAMPA) – Namibian welterweight boxer Bethuel ‘Tyson’ Uushona will get his first shot at a world title on 25 June 2016 in Walvis Bay against Deniz Ilbay from Germany.
The two will fight for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) welterweight title.
The fight will be staged by the Salute Boxing Academy under which Uushona fights.
It will be the academy’s fourth boxing bonanza since its inception in July 2015.
Uushona has a record of 34 fights, 29 wins, four losses and one draw, while Ilbay, 21, has a record of 16 fights and 15 wins and one loss.
Speaking at the announcement of the boxing bonanza in the capital on Wednesday, Uushona said he was delighted to get his first world title fight and he is ready to be crowned champion come fight night.
“My dream was to fight for a world title and I am more ready now. There is no room for mistakes this time around, that is why I am calling on the nation to drive to Walvis Bay on 25 June to come witness me doing the job in the ring on my first world title shot,” he said.
Uushona lost his last fight against against compatriot Sacky Shikukutu in December 2015 at the Ramatex complex in Windhoek in an International Boxing Organisation All-Africa welterweight bout.
Speaking at the same occasion, Fredrick Nghiyolwa, the spokesperson for Salute Boxing Academy, said Uushona has prepared well and he will continue doing so as this is a dream come true for any boxer.
Credit should be given to his trainers who have done a great job in keeping him in shape, he noted.
Eight undercut fights will take place on the night, including the much-awaited rematch between Namibia's Joseph ‘Smokey’ Hilongwa and Tinashe Mwadziwane from Zimbabwe.
Hilongwa won their first fight in March this year.