Open Fire Fight Off, Ndokosho Gets Challenger

DANIEL ‘Open Fire’ Kasheela is no longer in contention for the vacant International Boxing Federation Continental Africa welterweight title.

This is according IBF Africa president Onesmo Ngowi and Onkugo Promotions representative Anita Tjombe, who both confirmed that the fight had fallen through but declined to provide reasons thereof.

In February, the IBF provisionally sanctioned the title fight, against an unknown fighter, for April 18 and said, at the time, that they were awaiting to clear Kasheela’s opponent.

“This fight is no longer going to happen,” Ngowi bluntly told The Namibian Sport through an e-mail late on Tuesday.

Efforts to obtain further details on why the event had been called-off proved futile, as both Ngowi and Tjombe failed to respond to requests for information submitted to them.

The contest was to be the highlight of a boxing bonanza at an unspecified location in northern Namibia, where IBF International light heavyweight title holder Harry Simon also planned to make his long awaited return to the ring.

Simon, who has not fought since defeating Serbian Geard Ajetovic for the title in September 2013 was to use the platform to spar against three unnamed fighters in order to test his right arm he injured when winning the belt.

Tjombe said Simon’s next IBF sanctioned fight is scheduled for 28 June, when he is expected to defend the title for the first time against a yet to be confirmed opponent.

NDOKOSHO FIGHT

Meanwhile, the IBF has tentatively approved Egyptian Mohammed Metually to challenge Gottlieb ‘The Bite’ Ndokosho for his IBF International Featherweight strap on 7 June in Windhoek.

According to the IBF’s chairman of Championships Committee Lindsey Tucker, the formal sanction will be granted once the sanction fees have been settled. The officials for the fight, which will be staged at Windhoek Country Club, will also be announced shortly, Tucker added.

The fight will mark Ndokosho’s first defence of the title he captured on 4 December by stopping Georgian Kahkaber Avetesian in the seventh round of their 12 round contest.

The Namibian will be up against a fighter with a formidable record of 17 wins (8 KOs) and two defeats.

Conversely, Ndokosho has a slightly inferior record than his rival, having lost three of his 19 fights to date and winning only 15 (6 KOs).

Source : The Namibian