The Khomas Boxing Federation (KBF) held a boxing tournament in Ombili’s informal settlement called One Nation last Saturday, as part of its boxing development programme in the region.
The tournament meant for amateur boxers was well-attended, but unfortunately only 25 bouts out of the 31 scheduled fights took place due to poor time management and lack of floodlights at the open-air venue.
Those in attendance had to stand, while others sat on top of their cars and in nearby trees.
Even the DJ on the day had to stand because there were not enough chairs available.
Many of those in attendance were unsupervised children who made their presence felt as they innocently cheered for every bout irrespective of the outcome, even though the adults in the crowd were not always happy with some of the judges’ score cards.
The boxing tournament was also attended by well-known professional boxers who are products of the KBF such as Jeremiah ‘No Respect/Low Key’ Nakathila, the current World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa Super Featherweight champion, Mikka Shonena, WBO Africa Welterweight champion and Olympian boxer Mathias Hamunyela.
The tournament, which started late at 15h00 had to be stopped by KBF’s chairman Jason Naule at 19h45 because there were no floodlights available to light up the event.
Abraham Nghishelena beat Peter Muronga in the juniors’ bout which was also the fight of the day, before the senior bouts where Naftali Naftali defeated Theofilus Moses, while Leon Gawanab lost to Oswin Johannes and Hafeni Joseph beat Mathew Nghikevali in the 49 kg category.
In the 52kg bouts, Arno Jacob lost to Tyson Thomas, Theodor Nauyoma beat Erastus Shapaka, and Mateus Shifidi lost to Jose Ndjuluwa, while Erastus Kondjeni beat Quinton Stoffel.
In the 54kg category, Simon Haitope lost to Sakaria Nicodemus, while Arnold, a twin to Arno, beat Erastus Moses.
In the 56kg category, Nashilongo Theofilus beat Petrus Matheus, Andreas Onesmus beat Jason Shidinge, and Thomas Gabriel beat Silas Shagandjaua.
In the 60kg category, Festus Hango beat Poland Michael, Gabriel Shigwedha beat Paulus Shonena, Johannes Daniel beat Aushona Fanuel, Innocent Mengela beat Petrus Ilonga, Dula Benjamin beat Abraham Sheehama and Martin Mukunju beat Elias Hangula.
The 64kg category saw Boikie Shikongo beat Taati Gabriel, Elson Kalus beat Rwiishi Johannes, Sakaria Sheehama beat Kristof Ipinge, Johanness Shilongo beat Petrus Keendjele, and William Willibard beat Isak Moola, before the bouts were ended.
The fight between Sakaria and Ipinge produced controversy after Sakaria was declared the winner despite Sakaria going down after a right hook from Ipinge in the first round.
Most people in the audience objected to the judges’ verdict.
After calling off the tournament with seven bouts still outstanding, Naule told the Windhoek Observer that they had no other choice, but to stop the fights much to the disappointment of both the fans and the boxers.
“We had no other choice but to stop the tournament because we do not have lights,” Naule said.
The next tournament will take place in Goreangab next month at a date yet to be confirmed.