Namibia: AC Shields Fluttering Flaim

IF KNOCK-OUTS were the only way to decide boxing bouts, many would end in draws, says African Connection Boxing founder Immanuel ‘AC’ Moses.

Instead, boxing is more about out-manoeuvring your opponent than battering them to a pulp.

Moses came out in defence of his unbeaten protege Flaim ‘Special One’ Nangolo, whose power has been questioned.

Only one of Nangolo’s nine fights has not gone the distance – a third-round technical knockout of Gustaf Petrus in their rematch last year.

The 20-year-old followed that up with a hard-fought split decision over David Shinuna on 9 April to retain the national junior lightweight strap, which he won by unanimous decision against veteran Abraham Ndauendapo.

After defending his title, Nangolo, who will again top the AC Rising Stars bill when he faces the first international rival in Ndodana Ncube (8-3) from Zimbabwe on 2 June in Windhoek, said his camp prefers that he entertains rather than go for the kill.

His critics say he lacks power to finish off rivals, like the sturdy Shinuna who claimed the champion feared standing toe to toe with him.

“Some people say he didn’t win by KO. But they forget that whether you win on points or by KO, a win is a win,” Moses said.

“Boxing is not about hurting your opponent. It’s about getting the better of them. You need skill and tactics, KO is a bonus.

“We keep working on his [Nangolo’s] skill and power. He’s still learning and growing as a fighter.”