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Flame overcomes Flash in battle for lightweight title

Junior lightweight boxer, Flame ‘Special One’ Nangolo won the national championship for the second time on Saturday after outclassing his opponent David ‘Opuwo Flash’ Shinuna during AC Boxing’s Rising Stars boxing bonanza.

The Rising Stars boxing bonanza was held at the Wanderers Sport Field with the event featuring six different bouts on the night.

Nangolo, who has nine professional fights with nine wins, added another victory to his name by out-boxing Shinuna, who has 16 fights, six wins, two draws, and eight losses.

The young Namibian who also holds the African Boxing Union (ABU) super featherweight title, landed crucial punches during the rounds that saw all three judges scoring the fight in his favour after 10 rounds of boxing.

Judges Patrick Esterhuizen and Immanuel Frans scored the fight 100-90 in favour of Nangolo, while judge Laizy Nainda scored the fight 99-91 in favour of the young talent.

After the fight, Nangolo said he worked hard to be where he is today and is now turning his attention to fighting internationally as there are no more challengers at home.

“I am happy to have fought Shinuna who is a great boxer, but I came prepared and my footwork was on point, and credit should be given to my team for all the hard work in the gym,” he said.

In other fights on the night, Ruan Rispel impressively won his fight against Edward Mbangu on points in a four-round lightweight division fight. Rispel who had been impressive in his last five fights floored Mbangu in the second round, but Mbangu managed to beat the countdown and gave an impressive display. He lost the fight on the judges’ scorecards as they all scored in Rispel’s favour.

In the junior welterweight category fight between Sakaria ‘Desert Storm’ Lukas and Patson Mutengwa of Zimbabwe, the Namibian boxer knocked out his opponent in the first round, and announced that he would no longer be boxing at home and would only consider international fights until he hangs up his gloves.

Usko Rehabeam lost his third career fight to Petrus Hango after four rounds of boxing in another junior lightweight bout.

Andreas Shikongo knocked his opponent Johannes Andreas out in the fourth round of the catch welterweight bout after two minutes and 45 seconds of boxing.

In the lightweight four-rounder bout between Hafeni Ngesheya and Nicanor Halweendo, Ngesheya won the fight after two judges scored in his favour.

Source: The Namibia Press Agency