Powerful Ndokosho Retains Ibf International Featherweight Title

Gottlieb Ndokosho retained his IBF International featherweight title with a fourth round technical knockout against Mohammed Metually of Egypt on Saturday night.

Metually could not take Ndokosho’s heavy body punches and after he was put down to the canvas for a third time with a crunching left hook, the referee stopped the fight.

After a slow opening round, during which the boxers mainly seized each other up, the bout exploded into action in the second round.

Ndokosho took the fight to his opponent, landing some quick combinations, but Metually replied with some good combinations of his own.

Ndokosho’s power started to tell in the third round when he put Metually down twice with powerful hooks to the body. The Egyptian fought back bravely but with the crowd cheering Ndokosho on, the end was in sight.

It came in the fourth round when Ndokosho once again dropped Metually to the canvas with a crunching hook to the body, and although he beat the count, the referee called an end to the fight one minute 55 seconds into the round.

It was Ndokosho’s first successful defence of his IBF International featherweight title and takes his professional record to 18 wins, two defeats and one draw, while Metually’s record now stands at 17 wins and three defeats.

In the main supporting bout Anthony Jarman beat Jason Mashela on a fifth round TKO in a welterweight fight.

Jarman pushed the tempo in the first round, using his long reach to good aantage as he landed some good jabs.

Mashela fought back bravely and landed some good combinations to the head and body, but Jarman’s powerful head and body shots started to wear his opponent down.

By the end of the fifth round Mashela had had enough and when he didn’t come out for the next round, the referee awarded the fight to Jarman on a fifth round TKO.

Jarman’s record now stands at 10 wins, one los and one draw, while Mashela’s record stands at one win and four losses.

In the most exciting fight of the evening, Pohamba Mandume and Johannes Mwetupunga battled it out to a draw in a middleweight fight over eight rounds.

Mwetupunga started on the offensive using a stiff jab to good effect, but the fight exploded into action in the second round when the two boxers slugged it out in the centre of the ring to the delight of the crowd.

The drama continued in the third round with Mwetupunga pushing the pace with his jab and combinations, but Mandume gave as good as he got and fought back furiously.

Mwetupunga tried to rake in the points with his jab, but Mandume often broke through his defence and landed blows from close quarters to the head and body.

By round six Mwetupunga shook Mandume with a g hook, but Mandume fought back bravely from the ropes.

The slugfest continued till the final round as both boxers gave it their all, with the crowd up on its feet and shouting for more.

In the end there was not much separating the two boxers and the fight ended in a draw, with the judges scoring the fight 77-75 to Mandume, 77-76 to Mwetupunga and 76-76.

The results of the earlier fights were as follows:

In a featherweight fight over four rounds, Thimoteus Shilulua beat David Shununa on a unanimous points decision (40-36, 39-38, 39-37).

In a super featherweight fight over six rounds Candy Imalwa beat Costa Niilo on a unanimous points decision (58-56, 58-56, 58-56).

In a featherweight fight over six rounds, George Iyambo beat Michael Kambunga on a unanimous points decision (59-55, 59-55, 59-55).

Source : The Namibian