01 Jul 2017 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 01 JUL (NAMPA) World Boxing Federation (WBF) welterweight champion Bethuel Tyson Ushona successfully defended his title against Roman Belaev of Russia at the Ramatex complex in Windhoek in the early hours of Saturday morning.
He fought in the Salute Boxing Academy Defending My National Pride boxing bonanza.
Ushona beat his opponent on points after 12 rounds of boxing, with all three judges unanimously scoring the fight in his favour with scores of 117-111; 117- 111 and 118-110.
As he promised his opponent during the face-off event during the week, it was business as usual for the Namibian who landed punches when it mattered most while allowing little room for his opponent to capitalise on.
Speaking to the media after the fight, an excited Ushona said going into the fight he already knew it was going to be tough and he was prepared to go the distance, but it is all behind him now and he is turning his focus to greater events in future.
In other fights that took place Friday night, Lucas Ndafoluma was crowned the new International Boxing Organisation (IBO) champion for the first time in his career after beating South Africas Barend van Rooyen on points for the vacant IBO All Africa Middleweight title.
The judges unanimously scored the fight 117-112, 115-114 and 116-112 in favour of the new African champion.
In other title fights on the night Vakufilapo Cowboy Nashivela was crowned the new national Junior Middleweight champion after beating Simeon Shafodino on points for the national title.
In the Junior Lightweight national title fight between David Opuwo Flash Shinuna and Immanuel Engel Andeleki, a new nation champion was also crowned after 10 rounds of boxing.
Andeleki beat Shinuna on points to win the title.
In other undercard bouts Japhet Masterio Amukwa knocked Anyway Katunga of Zambia out in the first round of boxing in their six-round flyweight bout and Joseph Smokey Hilongwa beat Robert Kachiza from Malawi in round five of their eight-rounder super bantamweight clash.
Immanuel Joseph knocked Aubrey Masamba from Malawi in round three of their six-round flyweight bout; and Nathaniel Iron Fist Sebastian beat his fellow Namibian Johannes Niingoti in round five of their six-round junior lightweight clash.