Boxer Naindjala through first hurdle

Boxer Naindjala through first hurdle

NAMIBIAN boxer Immanuel Naidjala gave a great all-round display to convincingly beat Antebicha Duguma of Ethiopia 29-12 on points in a bantamweight bout at the All Africa Games on Saturday.

Moving well, Naidjala started off with some quick jabs and hooks, but the Ethiopian also landed some solid blows towards the end of the first round, which Naidjala shaded. He however stepped up the tempo in the second round and started landing some solid hooks and quick combinations.Naidjala landed a sharp left hook that put Duguma down for the count of eight and by the end of the round Naidjala was well ahead, 13-7.The Ethiopian tried to clinch and hang on a lot in the third round, but Naidjala impressed with his quick hand speed and solid combinations, to pull ahead 22-11.In the fourth round, Naidjala landed some sharp hooks, and a stiff uppercut to the body once again put the Ethiopian down for the count of eight.”The first round was not easy, but I looked at his movement and saw that he was quite slow, so I picked up the speed in the second round,” Naidjala said.”I put him down with a hard left hook in the second round and actually felt a bit sorry for him,” he added.Naidjala will now face Samir Issah of Ghana in the quarterfinals tomorrow.”It won’t be easy, but my confidence is high and I feel I can do anything.The president of the African Boxing Association praised me after the fight, and said he was very impressed by my performance,” he said.Trevor Jacob was well beaten by Kabore Sibri Jules of Burkina Faso, losing his light heavyweight bout 17-3 on points at the All Africa Games on July13.Jacob moved too slowly and couldn’t connect with his punches, while Jules raked in the points with his long jab.Jules took a 6-3 lead at the end of the first round, and went 13-3 ahead by the en of the second.Jacob tried to fight on the inside, but couldn’t connect much as Jules effectively closed him down.Jacob was more aggressive in the third round, throwing some combinations, but most of his blows landed on the gloves, while Jules continued to land long range jabs, to take a 16-3 lead.Both boxers were tired and there wasn’t much activity in the final round, with little action and a lot of hanging on.Jacob was a bit sad after the fight, saying that he did not expect to lose.”I tried my best, but I accept my loss.I made a comeback after being out of boxing for a long time, and I think that counted against me in the end,” he said.”I’m a bit sad because I lost, because I didn’t expect that,” he said “Now I will go back and train hard and see how far I can go in boxing again,” he said.He however stepped up the tempo in the second round and started landing some solid hooks and quick combinations.Naidjala landed a sharp left hook that put Duguma down for the count of eight and by the end of the round Naidjala was well ahead, 13-7.The Ethiopian tried to clinch and hang on a lot in the third round, but Naidjala impressed with his quick hand speed and solid combinations, to pull ahead 22-11.In the fourth round, Naidjala landed some sharp hooks, and a stiff uppercut to the body once again put the Ethiopian down for the count of eight.”The first round was not easy, but I looked at his movement and saw that he was quite slow, so I picked up the speed in the second round,” Naidjala said.”I put him down with a hard left hook in the second round and actually felt a bit sorry for him,” he added.Naidjala will now face Samir Issah of Ghana in the quarterfinals tomorrow.”It won’t be easy, but my confidence is high and I feel I can do anything.The president of the African Boxing Association praised me after the fight, and said he was very impressed by my performance,” he said.Trevor Jacob was well beaten by Kabore Sibri Jules of Burkina Faso, losing his light heavyweight bout 17-3 on points at the All Africa Games on July13.Jacob moved too slowly and couldn’t connect with his punches, while Jules raked in the points with his long jab.Jules took a 6-3 lead at the end of the first round, and went 13-3 ahead by the en of the second.Jacob tried to fight on the inside, but couldn’t connect much as Jules effectively closed him down.Jacob was more aggressive in the third round, throwing some combinations, but most of his blows landed on the gloves, while Jules continued to land long range jabs, to take a 16-3 lead.Both boxers were tired and there wasn’t much activity in the final round, with little action and a lot of hanging on.Jacob was a bit sad after the fight, saying that he did not expect to lose.”I tried my best, but I accept my loss.I made a comeback after being out of boxing for a long time, and I think that counted against me in the end,” he said.”I’m a bit sad because I lost, because I didn’t expect that,” he said “Now I will go back and train hard and see how far I can go in boxing again,” he said.

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