WBO Africa welterweight champion Charles Shinima produced a devastating second round stoppage against Mziwoxolo Ndwayana to enhance his reputation as a fearsome knockout specialist at Helao Nafidi on Sunday morning.
The stunned challenger from South Africa needed medical attention in the ring before being whisked away to a medical facility for further observation.
After an uneventful opening round, Shinima sprung to life moments into the second as he caught Ndwayana flush with a loaded straight right hand followed by a left hook which sent the challenger sprawling face first and out cold on the canvas.
“I knew I would get him. Talking is just talking but the action in the ring matters. It doesn’t matter what you say, it matters what you do in the ring,” Shinima said of the pre-fight taunts from Ndwayana’s camp.
“Nobody can deny that I am a knockout specialist. In more than ten fights, I’ve been knocking guys out.”
While Shinima’s sensational KO was the outstanding moment of the Together As One VI bill inside the packed Helao Nafidi hall, his compatriot Phillipus Énergy’ Nghitumbwa scored the fastest stoppage.
WBO Africa Global super bantamweight champion Nghitumbwa knocked out Said Chino inside the first round with repeated body blows that twice had Chino gasping for air on his haunches.
The Tanzanian, who was over the weight limit for the fight, failed to beat the count on the second knockdown.
WBO Africa super middleweight champion Paulinus ‘John John’ Ndjolonimus made it a hat trick of continental title defences for Namibia on the night when forcing his challenger Erick Tshimanga from the Democratic Republic of Congo to retire at the end of the sixth round.
Similarly, Emmanuel Mungandjela defeated Bernard Bernard on points to retain the national welterweight title, while Paulus Amavila outclassed Elson Kalu to claim the national junior welterweight strap via an eight round TKO.
In other results:
Joseph Hihangwa and Thomas Jerobeam fought to a draw in a featherweight bout; bantamweight Nestor Thomas beat Antonio Moses on points; veteran junior lightweight Onesmus Nekundi lost to Lazarus Shaningwa on points; Lineekela Nghifindaka lost to Ambrosius Kemunini on points in their junior lightweight match-up; with featherweight Immanuel Jason defeating Sam Mathews on points; followed by fellow featherweight Martin Mukungu beating Shitilitha John on points; and junior lightweight Sebastianus Nathanael scored a sixth round stoppage of Gerson Vaeta.