Ushona crowned WBF world champion

04 Dec 2016 13:20pm
WINDHOEK, 04 DEC (NAMPA) - Namibian boxer Bethuel ‘Tyson’ Ushona was on Saturday crowned World Boxing Federation (WBF) world welterweight champion after defeating Poland’s Rafal Jackiewicz at the Ramatex complex in Windhoek.
The judges scored the fight 112-109; 115-112; and 116-109 in favour of Ushona after 12 rounds of boxing.
He now has a record of 41 fights (35 wins, five losses and one draw).
Ushona, 34, won the belt less than six months after his first attempt against Deniz 'El Pistolero' llbay of Germany in Walvis Bay.
Despite losing the fight on Saturday, Jackiewicz put the Namibian down in the first round but Ushona recovered and dominated from then on.
Speaking to the media after the fight, Ushona said he knew he had a tough opponent with a wealth of experience but is happy he delivered on his promise of winning the title.
“He has defeated a number of good champions in the past but I was too relaxed in the opening round of the fight because I underestimated him and that is when he caught me but as a champion, I recovered and did the job later on,” he said.
Jackiewicz, 39, has a record of 66 fights of which he won 48, lost 16 and drew two.
Ushona said he will be back in the gym soon to start preparing for his next fight, which might take place in March against an opponent yet to be decided.