New Era (Windhoek)

Namibia: Hilongwa Wins WBF International Title

Namibia's dreadlocked boxer Joseph 'Smokey' Hilongwa returned to the ring in astounding fashion when he gallantly trounced South African pugilist Sibusiso Twani on points to scoop the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) international super flyweight title on Friday at the Windhoek Country Club.

Hilongwa, who is also the current World Boxing Association WBA Africa flyweight champion, won the bout unanimously after the judges scored the fight 118-110, 115-113, 116-112 in his favour.

In the main supporting bout of the evening, Namibia's upcoming hard-punching boxer Albinus Felesianu was made to wheeze and sweat for over 10 rounds of heated action against tricky Ghanaian boxer Herbert Quartery, before he could be crowned the new International Boxing Federation (IBF) youth featherweight champion after wining the fight on points.

In other under-card fights, Timoteus Shuulula defeated Celestinus Haingura in the bantamweight division over 4 rounds, while Lukas Ndafoluma won his welterweight fight against Lukas Mukete. The ever-rambling Mathew Shiimbi defeated Christian Ukelo in the lightweight division over 6 rounds.

In the junior welterweight division Steven Shimbonde walloped Varde Ndayambekwa on points over 4 rounds of action, while Alfeus Shilongo and Simeon Shafodino's junior middleweight bout was declared a draw after the judges scored it 38-38, 38-38, 39-39. George Iita made easy work of his bout against Johannes Kutumba, when he sent Kutumba to the canvas via a 2nd round knockout to deservingly win their featherweight 4-rounder.

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