By Tamas Pradarics
Featherweight contender Sakaria Lukas successfully defended his WBO Africa title last Saturday at the Windhoek Country Club Resort in Windhoek, Namibia. The unbeaten Namibian titlist needed all twelve rounds to secure his twenty-first straight win over South African Tello Dithebe (20-8, 6 KOs).
With the victory, Lukas (21-0, 14 KOs) is expected to keep his high ranking position by the WBO at 126 pounds, where he is currently rated at No. 3.
“I am excited about this victory, it was a tough fight and it allowed me to test my stamina and endurance for big fights. Tello is powerful and I had to be cautious while getting the job done. I wish to thank the amazing fans that came out tonight to support this event, the greatest boxing fans in the world,” said a happy Lukas after the bout to BoxingScene.com.
The lanky Namibian contender is far from being satisfied with his current stance in the ranks and thus looking forward to taking on undefeated WBO champion Oscar Valdez (23-0, 18 KOs) in the near future.
“My eyes are now set on world champion Oscar Valdez, I would like to fight him. I think I deserve the opportunity.”
In the chief support of the evening hometown favorite, Jeremiah Nakathila defended his version of the WBO Africa belt at super featherweight against Sibusiso Zingange. Nakathila (14-1, 10 KOs) dominated from the beginning, dropping his South African foe in rounds three and four before ended matters in round six, getting a TKO win.
The hard-hitting Nakathila took his lone defeat at the hands of talented Evgeny Chuprakov in his opponent’s home turf in Russia in November 2016. The Namibian prospect is currently ranked No. 9 by the WBO at super featherweight.
On the undercard, son of Namibia’s first world champion, Harry Simon Jr remained undefeated after a victory in a four-rounder. Simon Jr (4-0, 1 KO) is set to follow in the footsteps of his father who still unbeaten in his close 24-year pro career. Simon Sr’s (30-0, 22 KOs), who is still active at the age of 43, has had his biggest win in 1998 when he had won the WBO junior middleweight title by majority decision over Ronald ‘Winky’ Wright in South Africa.
Last Saturday’s card was promoted by leading Namibian promoter Nestor Tobias’s MTC Sunshine Promotions.
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