Fillemon ‘Nadipite’ Nghudenanye, who turned professional last year in July, could be the next big thing out of Swakopmund, if the hype surrounding his exhibition fights last weekend is anything to go by.
The coastal towns of Swakopmund and Walvis Bay are known for producing top-class boxers such as former World Boxing Organisation (WBO)Middleweight world champion Harry Simon (Walvis Bay), International Boxing Federation (IBF) Continental Africa Lightweight champion Albinius ‘Danny Boy’ Felesianu (Swakopmund), Commonwealth Games gold medalist Jonas Junias Jonas, (Swakopmund), former IBF Continental Africa Featherweight champion Gottlieb Ndokosho (Swakopmund) and former national champion Bernhard 'The hand of stone' Kamatoto (Walvis Bay).
Nghudenanye, a Junior Bantamweight boxer, is full of confidence in the mould of American iconic boxer Floyd Mayweather Jnr.
His boxing talent was on display last Saturday at the Meduletu community hall in Swakopmund when he took part in three exhibition fights and won all of them.
The 22 year-old first professional fight was a resounding victory over Sacky Shipanga in their scheduled four rounds bout at the Dome, Swakopmund last year in July.
Nghudenanye, who dreams of becoming a World Boxing Council (WBC) world champion, had an unconventional entry into the world of boxing.
“The way I started boxing was very funny. What happened was that in 2010, I started training at Albertus Boxing Academy in Swakopmund with my brother Freddy Nghudenanye, who is still an amateur boxer for whatever reason.
“One day, there was a tournament in Uis in the Erongo Region and boxers were not enough, so the coach told everybody that had come along that they had no choice, but to fight and I told myself, why not. When I got inside the ring it was so strange that I beat my opponent who was more experienced than me.
“Today, I believe in myself and I am not afraid of anybody in my division.”
Nghudenanye was part of the national team that was invited for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games qualifiers, but unfortunately he got injured and pulled out.
Speaking to the Windhoek Observer, Felesianu, who is also the founder of Legacy Boxing Promotions in Swakopmund, hailed Nghudenanye’s talent, but cautioned him not to be carried away by it.
“This boy is a good boxer, but we should first make sure that he reaches the top. I am planning to build him records. He can only get to the top if he works hard and believe in himself,” Felesainu said.