Ngaka Wins WBF Title

Moabi Ngaka celebrates after snatching the title from Onkarabile Mothibedi PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO
Moabi Ngaka celebrates after snatching the title from Onkarabile Mothibedi PIC: MORERI SEJAKGOMO

Moabi ‘The Eagle’ Ngaka has won the World Boxing Federation (WBF) International Super Bantamweight title on Friday night at the Gaborone International Convention Centre (GICC).

Ngaka snatched the title from cross-town rival, Onkarabile ‘Scara’ Mothibedi. Ngaka won the title after Ben Ncapi, the referee stopped the match in the 11th round. The bout was scheduled for 12 rounds. The referee felt that he had seen enough and saved Mothibedi from further punishment inflicted on him by Ngaka. Ngaka has now improved his professional record to 6-2, scoring by far his biggest victory to date. Mothibedi falls to 6-3. The defending champion started the bout with high momentum showing all signs that he wanted to retain the title. Little did he know that Ngaka had an ace up his sleeve. The challenger did not panic from the attacks launched by Mothibedi.

He kept his cool throwing in a few jabs with his guard closed all the time. Watching closely as round one ended, Ngaka was not given a chair by his corner, which was headed by his coach, Thebe Setlalekgosi. From the second round, Ngaka outworked Mothibedi who was not able to respond to the questions that were asked. As the match proceeded to the championship rounds, Mothibedi was in trouble. He needed to dig deep and find something special to contain the unstoppable Ngaka.

The challenger had a strong defence which made it difficult for Mothibedi to penetrate. At one point, The Eagle caught Scara with a right cross on the chin. By round 10, there were nice exchanges from both boxers. Speaking after the bout, Ngaka said it was an easy bout to win. “I knew all along that I was going to beat Scara. I trained hard for this match and a loss was out of the way.

I decided to give him 12 rounds but if I wanted I could have knocked him out earlier. So the referee saved him from further punishment that I intended to inflict on him,” said the new champion. For his part, Mothibedi said he does not understand what happened because he thought he had everything under control. “I just felt tired and I was not able to react to his punches. My preparations went according to plan without any injuries. It happens in sport to lose,” he said. Meanwhile, the supporting main bout was between Simangele Hadebe from South Africa against Patience Mastara from Zimbabwe.

It was the first ever women’s professional boxing match. Hadebe walked away with the victory. In the lightweight category, Kutlwano Ogaketse of Drad boxing club was unstoppable against Romeo Makwakwa from Zimbabwe. The match was highly charged with Ogaketse dominating Makwakwa with powerful uppercuts from the start.

He forced Makwakwa’s corner to throw in the towel. The Drad stable continued dominating the night with Kagiso Bagwasi picking a victory against Gomotsang Gaasite in the lightweight category. It was unfortunate to see veteran boxer, Kgotla Baeti suffering a defeat from the charismatic young boxer from Zambia, Simon Ngoma. The visitor took Baeti out of the match from the first round. The heavyweight bout ended with a draw between Zibani Chikanda and Kenneth Otsweleng.

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