Shonena retains title in thriller

01 Dec 2018 14:30pm
WINDHOEK, 01 DEC (NAMPA) – Mikka Shonena retained his World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa Welterweight title on a unanimous decision over Tanzanian challenger, Mfaume Mfaume after a thrilling bout in Windhoek early Sunday morning.
The two boxers delighted the fans as they displayed great fighting skills and spirit during the Mobile Telecommunications Limited Nestor Tobias Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Boxing Bonanza.
The fighters exchanged heavy punches from the first till the last round with Shonena landing the more clear punches in the third round.
Mfaume clearly had a good game plan as he consistently countered most punches by the Namibian boxer.
In the third round, Mfaume had Shonena in trouble with a series of heavy punches to the head and body, but failed to finish him off.
As the rounds progressed, Mfaume grew in confidence and started showboating much to the annoyance of match official Jaap van Nieuwenhuizen.
In the eighth round, Shonena shocked Mfaume with a straight punch to the face but failed to follow up leaving his opponent to recover and continue fighting.
As there was no knock-out, it was left to the judges to decide on the winner.
The judges scored the fight 119-109, 117-111 and 120-108 in favour of the Namibian.
In other fights during the night, the main undercard bout between Paulinus Paulinus and Bright Mdoka was called off after one of the boxers failed a medical exam.
In the flyweight division, Fillemon Nghutenyi beat Jacob Jacob in a unanimous decision over six rounds while Onesmus Nekundi and Nikoti Johannes fought a draw in the featherweight bout.
Max Ipinge beat Andreas Nghinaunye on points after four rounds in the junior middleweight bout.
Charles Shinima beat Steve Shimbonde via a third-round technical knockout in the super welterweight division.
Crowd favourite Usko Rehabeam beat Sheehama Sakaria in a unanimous decision to register his first professional win in the lightweight division.
In the super bantamweight division, Phillipus Nghitumbwa knocked out Festus Matias in the second round and Sam Mathews beat Gustav Petrus.
Mathias Haita knocked out Elifas Kambungu in the fourth round with Andreas Mwenyo losing to Gabriel Jamba.