22 Oct 2017 14:20pm
WINDHOEK, 22 OCT (NAMPA) Walter Kautondokwa defended his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa Middleweight title with a third round knockout in Windhoek during the Champions in Action Boxing Bonanza on Saturday.
Fighting as the main boxer of the boxing bonanzas card, Kautondokwa did not disappoint as he dominated his fight against Meshack Mwankemwa of Tanzania, knocking him out with a devastating left hook, with 11 seconds left of the round.
In the first two rounds, the two boxers exchanged solid punches, but it was the Namibian boxer who landed the most telling shots to the body and head.
He used his height and reach advantage to effect as he kept the Tanzanian at bay with solid jabs.
The win sees Kautondokwa edging closer to a world title fight as he now has 16 wins from 16 fights, with all his fights coming via knockouts.
His victory will also see him improving on his WBO rankings from the current seventh position.
In other fights during the night, Max Ipinge beat Joseph Hihangwa via a second round knockout.
The fight between Andres Amupolo and Julius Sheetheni did not take place as the latter was over weight for their four round bantamweight bout, while Charles Shinima beat December Nuuyoma on points in a welterweight four-rounder.
Jacob Jacob drew with Salatiel Moses in a four-rounder welterweight bout.
Paulinus Paulus beat Silas Mandeya of Zimbabwe in an international middleweight bout with a second round knockout.
Harry Simon Junior beat Nathaniel Shimanda via a unanimous points decision after all the judges scored the fight 40 points to 36 following four rounds in the lightweight category.
Emmanuel Mungandjela beat Ebenestus Kaangundue by a majority decision after the fight was stopped at the beginning of the sixth round.
The latter had sustained a deep cut above his right eye following an unintentional head butting incident and the ring doctors called off the fight.
Kandy Imalwa became the new national featherweight champion after dethroning Onesmus Nekundi following what the judges felt was an intentional head-butting in the seventh round.
The decision was disputed by Nekundis camp and some sections of the crowd who felt the judges had erred.
The most exciting fight of the night featured Mikka Shonena, who fought Juma Waiswa of Uganda for the vacant WBO Africa Welterweight title.
The Ugandan fought well, displaying great resilience by withstanding powerful body and head shots from Shonena.
In the end Shonena won via a unanimous decision, after all the judges gave him a 120 to 107 scoreline.
Nestor Tobias of the Nestor Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy said the bonanza was a success, noting that the quality of the boxing was extremely good.