Naidjala clinches vacant IBF title

07 July 2013 Author   Jesse Jackson Kauraisa

front Naidjala 07 julyWBO bantamweight champion Immanuel Prince Naidjala became the new IBF champion after he defeated Emilio Norfat of Kenya with an eighth round knockout.

It took the Namibian boxer only two rounds to get Norfat on the floor after he landed a right jab to the Kenyan’s face.

However the Kenyan proved to be resilient and continued fighting. He landed a few punches to Naidjala’s head as well.

Nonetheless, the Namibian knocked down the Kenyan three times in three rounds before delivering the killer blow in the eighth round.

It was clear that Naidjala was not going to allow the bout to go it full length of twelve rounds, as his left hook left Norfat flat on the floor in the eighth round.

The Kenyan was unconscious for several minutes and the referee counted him out to give Naidjala the win.

MTC’s Tim Ekandjo was thrilled with Naidjala’s victory and said, “it was this kind of perseverance that caught our attention and today they are deserving of MTC’s support for the next three years.

“But more exciting is that we are happy to note and see that less than twelve months since we came on board, the academy produced one world champion, two African champions and one international champion”.

In other boxing bouts on the night, Sacky ‘Izinyoka’ Shikukutu defeated Pascal Bruno of Tanzania by a unanimous dicision in an international welterweight bout over eight rounds.

Martin Haikali also defeated Zan Jonker of South Africa by a technical knockout in the seventh round of the bout which was scheduled for eight rounds.

Jafet Utoni came out tops against Botswana’s Kgomotso Bok after knocking him out in the third round of a flyweight bout that was scheduled for four rounds.

Professional debutant in the welterweight division Mika Shonena started off his boxing career with a flourishing finish after beating Simon Shafodino on points.

Nathaniel Kamati also trounced pro debutant in the bantamweight division Tefo Letshikgwane by a unanimous decision after four rounds.

It took junior lightweight boxer only two rounds to knockout Abner Mwafangeo to win an intriguing fight.


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