Boxing board clears Shihepo after brawl

13 April 2018 Author   Michael Uugwanga
The Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (NPBWCB) say it will not take any action against Wilberforce ‘Black Mamba’ Shihepo after he was involved in a brawl with Malawian boxer,
Mussa Ajibu, at the end of their Light-heavyweight non-title fight last Saturday at the Windhoek Showgrounds.
Shihepo and Ajibu were involved in unfortunate fisticuffs after referee Trevor Jacobs stopped the scheduled eight rounds bout in the third round when the Malawian failed to beat his count.
Namibia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (NPBWCB) Chief Administrator, Hendrick Mapele, told the Windhoek Observer on Tuesday that the board will not take any action against Shihepo after video evidence of the brawl showed that he was he was not at fault.
 “If you look at the video that I have, it clearly shows that Ajibu was at fault. Shihepo did nothing wrong as he went to Ajibu to congratulate him in a sportsmanlike manner,” Mapele said.
He added that the board is still to determine whether Ajibu would be banned from fighting in Namibia in the future.
“Yes, Shihepo will be allowed to fight, but for Ajibu that will be determined by the control board once they study the video. I cannot say when that will take place,” Mapele said.
Speaking to the Windhoek Observer shortly after the fight, Shihepo said he beat up Ajibu when he called him a baboon and for saying that he was going to sleep with him and his girlfriend.
“He (Ajibu) called me a baboon, small and that he was going to me and my girlfriend. I told him to respect me, but he continued to say the same things. He then he hit me in the chest after I told him that I was going to beat him if he continued to say that and that is why I hit him back,” Shihepo said.
Police had to intervene to end the brawl that had many people in attendance shocked, including the Governor of the Khomas Region Laura Mcleod-Katjirwa.
Shihepo now boasts of a record of 25 wins and nine losses in 34 professional fights, while Ajibu has a record of 28 wins, 11 losses and five draws.
Meanwhile, the 35-year-old Namibian boxer said he still has many years of boxing left in him as he is in good physical shape.
“I am still in the best shape and I am mentally and physically fit to fight. I am probably the only boxer in the country currently still looking fresh as I look after my body very well,” Shihepo said.


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