Felesianu loses WBO title fight

11 Aug 2019 16:40pm
WINDHOEK, 11 AUG (NAMPA) – Albinius ‘Danny Boy’ Felesianu lost to Zimbabwe’s Peter Pambeni by a majority decision in their 12-round Lightweight World Boxing Organisation (WBO) vacant African title at Ramatex, Windhoek on Saturday during Salute Boxing Academy’s ‘Clash of the Titans’ boxing bonanza.
Pambeni dominated his opponent landing more punches to the body and head, while the Namibian landed the most of the heavier punches leading to the Zimbabwean losing his tooth.
Two judges scored the fight in favour of the Zimbabwean while one scored it in favour of the Namibian.
Both fighters started off slowly but it was Pambeni who took control of the fight from the second round landing huge body punches.
The Namibian then hurt the Zimbabwean in the fourth round, resulting in Pambeni suffering a broken nose which bled throughout the fight.
Sensing weakness in his opponent, Felesianu went for the knockout but found his opponent a tough nut to crack.
While looking to land the big punches, Danny Boy exposed himself to quick combination punches from Pambeni who was using his jab effectively.
In the end, the Zimbabwean did enough to win the WBO African title, which will see him cracking the top 15 of the world rankings and a crack for the world title.
A disappointed Felesianu accused the judges of robbing him, saying he had won the fight fair and square.
“These judges robbed me, I won the fight fair and square. I landed more powerful shot than Pambeni. I hurt him. He lost a tooth and had a broken nose. He never hurt me, I did most of the attacking, he just ran around the ring trying to avoid my punches,” said Felesianu on Sunday.
Meanwhile Pambeni’s promoter, Stalin Mau Mau, said the aim for his boxer is to fight for a world title.
“We are heading for greater heights. We are planning big. We are going to fight for the world title itself. Pambeni did enough to win the fight and Danny Boy is a good boxer. He was just over ambitious in trying to go for a knockout against my boxer,” Mau Mau said.
In other fights, Mujandjae Kasuto beat Limbani Lano from Malawi, while Antony Jarman accounted for Simeon Tcheta of Malawi in the middleweight bout.
In a heavyweight bout, Igor Shevadzutyi of Ukraine beat Alick Gogoda of Malawi with a first-round technical knockout.
Lucas Ndafoluma beat Enock Msambudzi of Zimbabwe while Nathaniel Kakololo won on a majority decision against Toto Helebe of South Africa.
In the Namibia National Super Featherweight Title fight, Lazarus Shaningwa beat David Shinuna.