Immanuel Joseph and Fillemon Nghutenyane fought a thrilling 10 round draw during the MTC Salute Boxing Academy (SBA) boxing tournament in the capital Friday night.The two boxers were contesting for the vacant Namibia National Flyweight title and did no…
Immanuel Joseph and Fillemon Nghutenyane fought a thrilling 10 round draw during the MTC Salute Boxing Academy (SBA) boxing tournament in the capital Friday night.
The two boxers were contesting for the vacant Namibia National Flyweight title and did not disappoint their fans during the fight.
Nghutenyane dominated the early stages of the bouts, outboxing Joseph who was clearly looking for a knockout by inflicting sporadic heavy body punches on his opponent.
With Nghutenyane clearly leading in the judge’s scorecards by the eighth round and hoping to hold on to his lead until the end of the fight, Joseph started taking the fight to his opponent and was almost paid with a knockout in the final round when his right hook body punch caught Nghutenyane in the abdomen and seemed to cause problems.
However it was late for him to finish off the fight, and it was left to the ringside judges to make the decision.
The three judges scored the fight 93 to 97, for Nghutenyane, 96 to 94 for Joseph, and 95-95, leading to the bout being declared a draw.
This seemed to not sit well with both fighters, their teams, and fans, with Nghutenyane clearly upset as he walked off the ring.
Speaking to Nampa on Saturday morning, Joseph said he had accepted the judge’s decision even though he felt he had done enough to secure victory.
“That fight is water under the bridge for me, I do not think there will be a rematch. I feel I won hands down. The judges saw it differently, I do not know why or how,” he said.
Nghutenyane’s promoter Nestor Tobias of MTC Sunshine Boxing and Fitness Academy said the two boxers showcased two different exciting brands of boxing which were clearly enjoyed by the fans, which left the judges with a difficult job in deciding the winner.
“Nghutenyane was more technical while Joseph was more effective with his punches. Such fights always leave spectators, boxers and pundits divided. I think both those boys did not deserve to lose, so yes a draw was a fair result,” he said.
The results of Friday’s fights:
Tobias Ipinge beat Steven Shilombeni via a unanimous decision
Gabriel Jamba beat Tomas Ndeitunga via a majority decision
Erastus Fillemon beat Vilho Vilho via a unanimous decision
Japhet Amukwa beat Andreas Amupolo via a majority decision
Johannes Simon beat Leonard Gawanab via majority decision
Lazarus Shaningwa beat Varde ‘Swapo’ Ndayambekwa via a unanimous decision
Bernard Bernard beat Ebenestus Kaangundue via technical knockout
Sakaria Amutja beat Rafael Iita via a unanimous decision
Joseph Hihangwa beat Alfeus Shilongo via a technical knockout
Lazarus Namalambo beat Matheus Kandara via a unanimous decision
Philip Shanika beat John Shitilifa via a first-round technical knockout
Source: Namibia Press Agency