22 Aug 2019 15:00pm
By Hesron Kapanga
RABAT, 22 AUG (NAMPA) Namibian amateur boxers recorded mixed results on the opening day of the boxing championships at the Al Amal Indoor Sports Centre in Rabat, Morocco.
On Wednesday during day one of the boxing championships, four boxers Andreas Shikongo, Nestor Thomas, Oiva Ueitele, and Tuyoleni Immanuel Shaanika became the first athletes to exchange blows for team Namibia.
Shikongo, who competes in the 75-kilogram (kg) middleweight category, was the only boxer to into the ring during the preliminary rounds and represented his country to the best of his ability.
The middleweight boxer outclassed his opponent, Samuel Kamara from Sierra-Leon, with a 5-0 score line from all the five judges.
Shikongo controlled the three-round fight in over the first three rounds as he kept his opponent at bay with his jab and countered when it mattered.
He will now face Tarik Allali of Morocco in the round of 16 on Thursday.
Another boxer who progressed to the next round of the competition was Oiva Ueitele, who got a bypass to the next round because he did not get an opponent in the preliminary rounds of 91kg category.
Thomas, meanwhile, lost 4-1 to Otukile Mahommed of Botswana in their 52kg bout and failed to progress to the next round of the competition. Nestor started the first round well but failed to maintain his performance in the second and third rounds.
Shaanika, who fought in the 81kg, also failed to progress to the next round and had his fight stopped in round two by the referee after because his opponent, Stephan Otendy of Mauritius, got the better of him.
Day two of the boxing championships continues on Thursday, with more Namibian boxers expected to step in the ring.
The 12th edition of the African Games (AG) will be held from 16 to 31 August 2019 in Casablanca and Rabat, Morocco.