Vakufilapo “Cowboy” Nashivela announced himself to the scene as one to keep a close eye on, when he won the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) All Africa Super Welterweight title on Friday night, December 29, at The Dome in Swakopmund, Namibia.
On a show billed as “Desert Rumble”, televised by Kwese Sports and promoted by Kalakoda Promotions in association with Salute Boxing Promotions, the undefeated Namibian demolished normally durable George Mdluli from South Africa in only 47 seconds of the first round.
Having won the Namibian national title last June, 28-year-old Nashivela was confident and determined from the get-go, and he quickly found his mark with a massive right hook to the jaw which send Mdluli flying through the ropes.
Very experienced, and game as they come, Mdluli amazingly beat the ten-count, but when he failed to respond properly to the instructions of referee Lazarus Nainda the fight was waved off and Nashivela declared the winner after an astonishing display.
Powerful and skilled, Nashivela improved his professional record to 6-0 (5) and will, surely have many more impressive performances in the future. Mdluli (35), a former champion of the KwaZulu Natal province, falls to 8-5-1 (3).
WBC closing in on two thousand title fights milestone
The WBC continues moving in a stately manner, towards the 2000th title battle in its prestigious history, via the finest combats.
Tomorrow, December 30th at the Bunka Gym in Yokohama, Japan, local hero Ken Shiro defends his WBC light flyweight crown against Panamanian challenger Gilberto Pedroza. This is fight number one thousand nine hundred and eighty nine.
Ken has notched 11 victories in his brief but brilliant and undefeated professional career. And this will be the second defense of the belt he won by defeating Mexican Ganigan Lopez in May.
Challenger Gilberto Pedroza has built an excellent record of 18-3-2 and he is ranked 11th in the WBC lists. Both are 25 years old. The third man in the ring will be Laurence Cole. The Judges will be Ed Pearson, Pete Cheatham and Hubert Minn. The Supervisor on behalf the World Boxing Council will be Major Lee.