The Namibian (Windhoek)

Namibia: Show-Stopping Tommy Wants Tougher Fights

TOMMY ‘Show’ Nakashimba is looking for a sterner test following his first-round technical knock-out victory over Zimbabwean Tinashe Mutodza on Saturday night.

Nakashimba barely broke a sweat as he brought the modest assemble at the Khomasdal Community Hall to its feet when he floored his opponent, who was subsequently counted out after just one minute and 20 seconds into the international 10 round featherweight contest.

The Zimbabwean had begun the fight on the front foot, neatly landing a couple of jabs and body punches.

However, it appeared Mutodza was lulled into a false sense of security after another attempted foray led him straight into a firm right hand that had him rocking on the ropes.

Sensing his rival was hurt, Nakashimba attacked with a flurry of blows to the head and midriff, forcing Mutozda onto his knees.

Referee Timothy Haikonda gave the Zimbabwean a standing eight count and then signalled for the fight to continue.

But the groggy Mutozda was soon down again following another barrage of punches from Nakashimba and this time he failed to beat the count.

“I didn’t feel anything. I’m still fresh,” said Nakashimba. “I was hoping for at least four rounds but its over already.”

Nakashimba was initially set to fight Mutodza’s compatriot Nkuleko Vengenayi, who cancelled the appointment.

In came Mutodza, who was expected to fight Lazaru Namalambo in another featherweight bout.

“It does not really matter who they fight because the standard of Namibian boxers is very high. They’ve got more firepower than the Zimbabweans,” said Nakashimba’s trainer Ludwig Haimbodi.

“Now we are looking for bigger things. Maybe an African title. He’s already the national champion. Tommy needs to fights in tougher fights.”

Another who impressed was debutant middleweight fighter Alfeus Shilongo, who astonishingly knocked out another newcomer Keith Kabika from Zimbabwe with arguably his first meaningful punch of the fight.

The powerfully built Shilongo caught Kabika flush with a left hook, sending his rival spinning and crashing face first onto the canvas after just a minute and thirty seconds of the first round.

Following lengthy treatment in the ring, Kabika had to be stretchered out of the venue and subsequently booked into hospital.

In other results: Daniel Hosea defeated Sackey Haifiku by TKO in round two; Timoteus Shuulula beat Ntando Sibanda (Zimbabwe) on points; Lazarus Namalambo beat Iipinge Kaunampito on points; Steven 'Anaconda’ Shimbonde defeated Dumezweni Ntuliki (Zimbabwe) on points; and Luksa ‘The Demolisher’ Ndafoluma beat Nikola Munhora (Zimbabwe) on points.

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