Legendary boxing guru dies

Legendary boxing guru and Ongwediva resident, HiskiaShigwedha died on Wednesday in the Oshakati Intermediate Hospital, said his son, SylvanusShigwedha, in an interview here on Friday.

Shigwedha (Jr) said his father succumbed of sometimes illness. Shigwedha (Sr) started his boxing career in 1977 at Walvis Bay in the Erongo Region under the late AbiudKanambunga's coaching.

He is said to have trained boxing along with other legendary boxers such as Noah Tjombonde, Harry Simon and JaysenPetrus while in Walvis Bay.

Shigwedha in 1980 moved to Tsumeb, where he joined the Tsumeb Corporation Limited (TCL) boxing club and trained along with retired boxers such as Nestor Tobias, LiziasAngula and TimotyHaikonda.

Petrus described Shigwedha as national champion who has represented Namibia before independence (1982-1987) at various boxing championships at Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg in neighbouring South Africa.

Tate Shigwedha later moved to northern Namibia, where he became a trainer of boxers along with other boxing lovers such as Joe Archer Shikongo, IsaakElishi, FaulyKakongo, Mathew Ndeshitila, Festus Endjala, VainoAmukwa and the late Edward 'Man of Action' Wilbard, Petrus explained.

Shigwedha was also a boxing referee. He is survived by his wife, Josephina Nelago, four children and six grandchildren.

The day of his funeral is yet to be determined.

Source: Namibia Press Agency