On Friday night, February 15, at the Galveston in Gent, Belgium, Elite Promotions presented “Elite Boxing Superstar 2”, headlined by two World Boxing Federation (WBF) championship fights.
In a clash between two foreign-born but Belgium-based boxers, reigning WBF International Welterweight Champion Meriton Karaxha, originally from Albania, successfully defended his title by unanimous decision over Rwandan Jean Pierre Habimana.
Most of the ten rounds were dominated by Karaxha, who forced the tough Habimana on the back-foot and made it difficult for the challenger to gain momentum. In the seventh round it even looked as if the champion might have Habimana hurt, but “The African Warrior” still came back and tried to retaliate.
Judges Hugues Hellebaut, Christophe Hembert and Philippe Wouters all scored the fight widely in favour of Karaxha: 99-91, 98-92 and 99-91.
Karaxha (27), who won the title last November with a first-round demolition of Frenchman Jean Moraiti, takes his professional record to 23-5-2 (8). Habimana (35), a much better fighter than his misleading statistics suggests, drops to 9-16-3 (4).
In the co-feature of the show, former European title-challenger Elfi Phillips (25) captured the vacant WBF Womens Intercontinental Light Welterweight title, unanimously out-scoring tough-as-nails Montenegrin Aleksandra Vujovic (27).
In a competitive fight, Phillips was the faster and more agile of the two, and had success with combinations from the start. But Vujovic fought back hard, and even hurt Phillips in round seven with a big right hand and drove her to the ropes, but couldn’t capitalize.
The visitor finished the fight strongly, but it was too late and in the end there was no doubt about the outcome as judges Christophe Hembert, Hugues Hellebaut and Jean Pierre Van Imschoot scored it 98-92, 98-91 and 100-89 for Phillips. Vujuvic has one point deducted in round nine for holding.
The new WBF Intercontinental Champion improved to 10-5-3 (4), while Vujovic, who lost a short-notice shot at the same title in 2017 to another Belgian, current WBF World Champion Oshin Derieuw, falls to a deceiving 4-9-2 (2).
WBF All Africa Champ Mbangatha Ready For Acid Test
Undefeated World Boxing Federation (WBF) All Africa Featherweight Champion Thembani “Baby Jake” Mbangatha, 9-0 (4), from South Africa is in for what is, without exaggeration, a true acid test in his next outing. And he is, reportedly, more than ready for it!
On Friday February 22, at the Wynberg Military Base in Cape Town, Mbangatha will make the first defense of his title against the much more experienced former South African national, WBF All Africa and WBF Intercontinental titlist Doctor Ntsele, 22-11-1 (14).
While the reigning champion has less than five years in the professional game, Ntsele has been a prize-fighter for almost fourteen years and boxed 231 rounds in 34 bouts, compared to Mbangatha´s 39 rounds of action in 9 outings.
Mbangatha, who outside of boxing works as a police officer in Cape Town, won the WBF All Africa title in November of 2017, boxing the last three rounds of the fight with a dislocated shoulder. He only returned to action last July in a non-title bout, but now he is ready to defend his crown against Ntsele.
“Battle Ready”, a card staged by Kalakoda Promotions, will be televised live by Kwesé Sports. The undercard will feature WBF All Africa Light Heavyweight Champion Nicolas Radley and WBF All Africa Welterweight Champion Antonio Mayala in non-title fights.