Naidjala Regains African Title in Explosive Style

Immanuel Naidjala regained the WBO Africa bantamweight title in great style with a fifth round TKO against Juma Fundi of Tanzania on Saturday night.

Naidjala gave an explosive performance and although Fundi managed to stay out of trouble in the opening rounds, Naidjala knocked Fundi down three times in the fifth round before the referee stopped the fight.

Naidjala caught Fundi with a big hook in the first round that stunned the Tanzanian momentarily but he quickly recovered and saw out the round.

Naidjala continued to lead with a sharp jab and some quick combinations in the second round and although Fundi replied with some shots of his own, Naidjala was well in control.

When Fundi started fooling with Naidjala in the third round, the Namibian stepped up the tempo, with a two-fisted barrage of punches that had the crowd cheering for more.

By the fourth, Naidjala was well in control, landing some quick combinations and uppercuts and at the start of the fifth Fundi finally went down after a left hook.

He managed to get up but Naidjala was all over him, sending him down two more times to win the fight on a TKO after 1 minute 16 seconds of the fifth round.

It was a classy performance by Naidjala who now has a pro record of 18 wins, one draw and one defeat, while Fundi’s record stands at 24 wins and 11 losses and two draws.

The rest of the undercard saw some quick results as three visiting boxers were knocked out in the first round.

In the main curtain raiser Abmerk Shidjuu beat Alex Kasengel of Zambia on a first round TKO in an international flyweight fight.

Shidjuu caught Kasengel on the ropes and put him down with a hook to the body. Kasengel managed to beat the count but was soon down again as the referee stopped the fight 1:21 into the first round.

Samuel Kapapu had a similar victory against Fedelis Lupupa of Zambia in a junior lightweight fight.

Kapapu put Lupupa down with a left hook for the count of eight and then sent him to the canvas a second time as the referee stopped the fight 1:40 into the first round.

Walter Kuutondokwa had an even quicker victory as he knocked out Moses Kamera of Botswana 56 seconds into round one of their international middleweight fight.

Kamera, who went down to a crunching left hook to the body, was in obvious pain, but the ring doctor confirmed that nothing had been broken.

In an international super bantamweight fight, Nathaniel Kamati notched up his sixth consecutive victory when he beat Thato Monabana of Botswana on a unanimous points decision over six rounds, with the judges scoring it 60-51, 60-51, 59-52 in his favour.

In a welterweight fight over four rounds Steven Shimbonde beat Teofelus Jatileni on a unanimous points decision, 39-37, 40-39, 40-36.

In a featherweight fight over four rounds Nataneal Sebastian beat Eriki Kalenga on a unanimous points decision, 39-36, 39-36, 39-36.

In a super bantamweight fight over four rounds, Onesmus Nekundi beat Isaack Anyala on points, 40-36, 38-38, 40-36.

In a flyweight fight over four rounds, Jacob Jacob beat Erikan Mpadhi on a unanimous points decision, 39-37, 40-37, 40-36.

Source : The Namibian