Namibian Slick Shinima wins national title

Charles Shinima in action against Mendu Kaangundue

CHARLES Shinima won the vacant Namibian junior middleweight title in style on Saturday when he overpowered Mendu Kaangundue with a second round technical knockout.

At a packed hall at A Shipena Secondary School, the powerful Shinima dominated from the start and put Kaangundue down for the count of eight at the end of the first round.

Kaangundue managed to get up, but he didn’t last much longer as Shinima was all over him in the second round.

He once again put Kaangundue down and although he beat the count, Shinima knocked him down a second time and this time the referee stepped in to stop the fight, one minute 59 seconds into the second round.

It was Shinima’s eighth consecutive victory and gives him his first national title, while Kaangundue’s record now stands at six wins and four defeats.

Shinima said he was well prepared for the fight.

“I want to thank my trainers, because I was really well prepared and we made sure that we could overcome his power.

“I’m very proud to win this title, it’s a big thing and I’m very thankful to my promoter, to give me this chance to challenge for the title. I’m really proud to be a national champion, it’s a big thing for me,” he added.

His promoter Nestor Tobias said Shinima had a big future.

“We’ve been grooming and developing our up and coming boxers and that’s why we went back to the roots. This is just the start for Charles and the sky is the limit. He’s got speed, power and skills and now we will go for the African title and then the international title,” he said.

In the main supporting bout Harry Simon Junior also recorded his eighth consecutive victory with a fourth round technical knock out victory against Dominicus Weyulu in a junior welterweight fight.

Simon took his time, picking Weyulu off with some sharp jabs in the early rounds, while Weyulu launched some sporadic attacks and managed to land some shots in close exchanges.

They hardly bothered Simon though, who grew in stature as the fight progressed and by the third round started displaying his fast hand speed. With the crowd cheering him on, Simon went into overdrive in the fourth round, landing punches at will, before the referee stepped in to stop the fight 2:58 into the round.

A lightweight fight over four rounds between Usko Rehebeam and Gerson Veta ended in a draw, which drew a lot of jeers from the crowd.

The taller Rehebeam had a distinct reach advantage, but the nuggety Veta took the fight to him and dominated the close exchanges and was unlucky not to win the fight.

In a super bantamweight fight over four rounds, Filipus Nghitumbwa beat Frans Naanda on a second round TKO after the referee stopped the fight with two seconds of the round remaining.

In a junior middleweight fight Abed Shikongo made a winning debut when he beat Ndangi Shapwa on a second round TKO.

Shikongo already put Shapwa down for the count of eight in the first round and when he once again sent him to the canvas in the second, the referee stopped the contest 2:30 into the second round.

In three super bantamweight fights over four rounds, Mateus Heita beat Theofelus Nashilongo on a unanimous points decision; Sam Mathews beat Willem Shili on points; while the fight between Philip Shaanika and Samuel Kambuta ended in a draw.

In a bantamweight fight over four rounds, Andreas Mwenyo beat Immanuel Shapaka on points, and in a lightweight fight over four rounds, Paulus Amavila beat Sakaria Sheehama on points.