Dar boxer wins non- title contest

15Mar 2017
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Dar boxer wins non- title contest

DAR ES SALAAM professional boxer, Sila Walidi, made his quest to raise to prominence known with a fourth round knockout (KO) of fellow domestic boxer, Hamisi Seif, in a non-title Welterweight fight staged in Bagamoyo, Coast Region early this week.

It was the first win for Walidi in Tanzania after having stayed in South Africa for several years.

Walidi was impressive right from the opening round of the fight that had been scheduled for eight rounds. He made full use of his powerful punches to punish his opponent.

Walidi landed powerful jabs on his opponent’s forehead in the subsequent round to force the latter to retreat, much to the delight of the former’s fans.

Seif, who relied on speed and good footwork to counter his opponent’s longer reach, connected several good punches on the latter during the closing stages of the round to win applause from his supporters.

Walidi regained control of the round in the third round, pushing Seif all over the ring and landing good punches.

Walidi connected a good combination of punches on Seif to send the latter down midway through the following round and the punishment looked to have taken its toll on the latter.

Walidi, who was mobbed by his overjoyed fans thereafter, said he had to stay out of the sport for almost four years because of issues he, though, refused to disclose. He insisted he is ready to prove his worth.

Coast Region-based boxing promoter, Abdu Jumaa, coordinated the Tanzania Professional Boxing Commission (TPBC)-sanctioned bout which was preceded by a series of supporting fights involving domestic boxers.

Experienced domestic boxer, Said Yazidu, who was among the fights’ supervisors, said Walidi is now ready to participate in bouts anywhere in the country and noted the latter will only fight in the Welterweight division.

The defeat saw Seif’s record drop to two wins, one of which is a KO, two KO defeats and a draw.

In his two previous bouts against fellow domestic boxers, he registered one victory and one defeat. He lost to Kulwa Bushiri by KO in the fight that took place in Dar es Salaam on January 1 this year and then beat Bandawe Komba by points in the bout that took place in the city on January 12.