Namibia’s Jonas Junias Jonas moved into the quarterfinals of the light welterweight category at the Commonwealth Games on Sunday with a stunning third round knockout of Valentin Kondakov of Samoa.
Jonas sent Kondakov to the canvas with a hook, one minute 11 seconds into the third round before the referee stopped the fight.
Jonas dominated the fight from the start and was well ahead on points, with four of the judges having him 20-17 ahead and a fifth judge 20-16 ahead.
Jonas will now fight Dinindu Ponawella of Sri Lanka at 06h32 Namibian time on Tuesday morning in the quarterfinals. A victory will ensure that he wins at least a bronze medal, since both losing semifinalists in boxing receive bronze medals.
Matias Hamunyela, however, was eliminated in the first round of the light flyweight category when he lost 3-2 to Shaffi Hassana of Kenya on Friday.
Namibia’s third boxer at the Games, Tryagain Ndevelo, will open his account with a Round of 16 fight in the lightweight category against Harry Garside of Australia at 11h47 Namibian time on Monday.
Namibia’s bowls teams, fell out of medal contention in the Men’s Trips and Women’s Fours competitions on Saturday.
The Men’s Trips team of Kabous Olivier, Douw Calitz and Will Esterhuizen lost their fourth and last match in the Men’s Trips competition on Saturday, going down 28-8 to New Zealand.
Namibia had earlier beaten Canada and Niue, but lost to Singapore.
In the Women’s Fours competition, the Namibian team of Anjuleen Viljoen, Lesley Vermeulen, Sheena du Toit and Marietjie van den Bergh lost 20-7 to Cook Island on Saturday.
In previous matches, Namibia lost 17-13 to Malaysia and 23-9 to Australia, while they drew 12-12 against Papua New Guinea.