Namibians Set for IBF Battles

Namibian fighters Gottlieb ‘The Bite’ Ndokosho and Abraham ‘Energy’ Ndaendapo are expected to defend their IBF titles in October.

While their opponents are yet to be confirmed, the IBF has already set a date and venue for Ndokosho to defend his IBF International featherweight belt and for his compatriot to attempt maintaining his grip on the IBF Continental Africa Jr lightweight title.

According to their promoter Kinda Nangolo of Kinda Boxing Promotions, the tournament to be staged in Windhoek will be sponsored by Telecom Namibia.

Ndokoso is the more decorated IBF champion, having held a number of IBFAfrica titles. In 29 September 2012 he stopped Tanzanian Rajab Maoja inside 2 minutes and 58 seconds of the first round to capture the vacant IBF Continental Africa featherweight title.

The 35-year-old made his first title defence in June last year against Egyptian Ibrahim ‘The Bucher’ Mostafa, winning the fight by TKO in the fourth round.

His third victim on his way to the top was Feliciano Azuaga, better known as the ‘Indian Gold’, from Paraguay, who succumbed to The Bite’s power in the fifth round.

Ndokosho’s impressive displays prompted the IBF to give him a shot at a more prestigious title in December when he met Georgia’s Kahkaber Avetesian for the IBF International featherweight strap. Again Ndokosho disposed of his opponent within the distance, after Avetisan surrendered through a referee technical decision (RTD) in round seven.

Ndokosho then defended his title against another Egyptian in Mohammed Metually in what was expected to be a tough battle, but one that ultimately ground to a screeching halt in the fourth round as the hard hitting Namibian scored another TKO victory.

Because of these feats the IBFAfrica named Ndokosho the top boxer in Africa, Middle East and Persian Gulf for 2013.

Like his compatriot, IBF Continental Africa Jr lightweight title holder Ndaendapo is looking to continue improving his profile after knocking out South African Mxolisi Nombewu, by stopping him in the third minute of their first round clash, to win the title in December.

Energy successfully retained his title early last month, having to fend off the relentless Bongani Mahlangu of South Africa to win by unanimously decision.

The time has once again com,e for the two fighters to defend titles and prove to they can brush shoulders with the best in the business.

Source : The Namibian