Battle for African boxing honours
Harare – No punches will be pulled on February 27 when Namibia’s Nathaniel “Natty” Kakololo steps into the squared circle to trade leather with Zimbabwean pugilist Tinashe “Chairman” Madziwana at the Country Club Resorts and Casino in Windhoek.
The prize: the Africa Boxing Union continental featherweight title, which Natty proudly straps around his waist today.
The Chairman from Zimbabwe has not been in the ring competitively since May 10, 2019 when he defeated Tinkhari Kamanga of Malawi in Harare. And he also has a less than enviable record against Namibian boxers.
Though undefeated in his last five bouts, Madziwana has lost all three times he has faced off with Namibians in Namibia.
This may give the 31-year-old Kakololo a psychological edge over his opponent, who arrived in Namibia for the fight two weeks ago.
But Madziwana has declared: “I want to turn Kakololo’s fans into my fans. He is fighting at home and it gives him pressure. I have not won all my fights against Namibian pugilists in Windhoek but that means nothing in this particular outing.
“I am in Namibia to fight. I am aiming to defeat my foe within distance and position myself for the world title. I am ready to explode.”
There is every reason for both fighters to go for broke in this duel, as victory comes with an automatic World Boxing Council (WBC) ranking. The ABU is a WBC affiliate, and the winner gets the chance to challenge for the board’s bronze title.
Madziwana has a record of 17-10-1 while Kakololo – who defeated South Africa’s Jeff Magagane in December 2019 to claim the Africa title – has a 10-1-1 record.
The fight is being promoted by MTC-Salute Boxing Academy, whose fighter Alfeus “Viper” Shilongo takes on Malawi’s Charles Misanjo in one of the undercard fights.
The main bout will have the WBO Africa middleweight on the line as Lukas “Demolisher” Ndafoluma takes on Simeon Tcheta.