Desert Rumble 3 Sees Three Title Fights

By Helge Schütz, The Namibian Newspaper

Jeremiah Nakathila retained his WBO Africa super featherweight title in explosive style with a fourth round knock out of Wilson Masamba of Malawi on Friday night at The Dome Swakopmund.

Fighting in the main bout of the Desert Rumble 3 bonanza at the Swakopmund Dome, which was jointly promoted by Kalakoda Promotions and Nestor Sunshine Boxing Academy, Nakathila gave a great display of power and precision as he waited for his opportunity before sending Masamba crashing into the ropes with a sharp left hook that put him down for the count of ten. 

Nakathila dominated from the start with his longer reach and raked in the points with a long sharp jab and heavy combinations to the head and body. He already sent Masamba to the canvas in the third round and although the Malawian beat the count, the end was near as Nakathila finished him off one minute and four seconds into the fourth round. 

It was the third time that Nakathila had defended the WBO Africa super featherweight title which he won in September last year, while he now has a pro record of 15 wins and one defeat. 

In the main supporting bout Onesmus Nekundi won the WBF Africa junior lightweight title with a split points decision over Abraham Ndaendapo.

Nekundi built up a points lead in the early rounds with some big punches, but Ndaendapo came back stronger in the final rounds. He however seemed to have left it too late and in the end Nekundi won the fight with two judges scoring it 97-93 and 96-94 in his favour, while the the third judge scored it 94-90 to Ndaendapo. 

Harry Simon Junior maintained his unbeaten record with a great display to beat Lukas Handivele on a fourth round technical knockout. 

Although he received some opposition from a game Handivele, Simon was too quick and strong and finished him off in the fourth round with a barrage of punches before the referee stepped in to stop the fight. 

Lukas Ndafoluma won the WBF Inter-Continental middleweight title with a fourth round TKO win over Ebenestus Kaangundue. 

Ndafoluma sent Kaangundue down to the canvas in the third round and although he beat the count and fought back bravely, he decided he had had enough and failed to come out for the fourth round. 

In a junior bantamweight fight over four rounds, Filemon Nghutenanye beat Sakaria Nikodemus on a unanimous points decision with the judges scoring it 39-37, 39-37, 40-36 in his favour.