Kaangundue Wants to Conquer the World

He may not be well known in local boxing circles, but Namibia’s new kid on the block Ebenestus ‘Mendu’ Kaangundue is a man driven and determined to reach the zenith in his boxing career.

Kaangundue (28) whose mellow speed, power, footwork and general moves in the ring can easily be mistaken for those of American legendary boxer Evander Holyfield during his heyday, turned professional this year and wasted little time in announcing his arrival when he stylishly dispatched compatriot Theo-Ben Kativa during their welterweight four-rounder.

Boasting a fresh and unscathed record of 1 victory from 1 fight in the paid ranks, Kaangundue gly believes he has the tenacity and determination to make a breakthrough in the tough rigours of professional boxing.

Although he is still a rookie in the country’s professional boxing ranks, Kaangundue’s love for boxing started way back in 2001 at Rietquelle Junior Secondary School in the Aminuis Constituency, where he and the likes of Vikapita Meroro, Jatoorora Tjingaveta and many others then represented the school at various regional and national boxing tourneys.

In 2002, Kaangundue was forced to temporarily hang up his gloves after he was badly stabbed in the neck during a simple altercation, and medical experts aised him not to fight at least for five years to allow his deacutecolletage muscles to adequately heal.

After successfully completing the healing process, he returned to action in 2008 and immediately joined the Golden Boxing Club (GBC) under the eagle eyes of former boxer Tuks Naule and partners. At GBC, Kaangundue had the privilege to spar with the best led by Jafet Utoni and Peter Malakia, to mention but a few of the stars.

In 2012, the hard-punching youngster earned his first national team call-up and went on to represent Namibia at the 2012 Two Nations amateur boxing tourney in Zambia and further continued proving his dominance back home at various national and regional championships.

This year Kaangundue represented Namibia at the Zone-6 Championship in Pretoria, South Africa where he lost in the quarterfinal, but Namibia’s overall performance was enough to earn them a 2nd place finish with a total of 8 medals.

Upon their return from the Zone-6 games, Kaangundue turned professional and has since set the sky as the limit.

“I want to fight for at least seven years as a professional and within those years my target is to win the African title and with God’s grace, the world title in the welterweight division. I’m confident I can achieve all my goals because I have a very supportive and understanding team with highly experienced coaches. I also have to say a big thank you to Fanuel Tjivau, who sponsored me with boxing gear,” said the highly determined pugilist.

Source : New Era