Mosquito dreams big after biting Bulelo

• By Michael Uugwanga

BOXER Alfeus ‘Mosquito’ Shaanika said his win over Hedison ‘Bulelo’ Hipondokwa on April 9, is a sign that he is ready to take on the best boxers in the country.

Top boxers that he wants to fight next are the likes of Immanuel Mungandjera, the current holder of the national welterweight title and World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa welterweight champion, Charles Shinima.

Shaanika’s fight against Hipondokwa was the main supporting bout to the fight between Flaim ‘Special One’ Nangolo and David Shinuna, which Nangolo won at the African Connection (AC) Promotions Boxing Bonanza that was held at the NamPower Convention Centre in Windhoek.

Shaanika said this in an interview with Confidente this week, a few days after his fellow mate at AC Promotion, Nangolo, publicly called out WBO Global super bantamweight champion and hard hitting Filipus ‘Energy’ Nghitumbwa for a fight.

Nangolo made the comment after beating Shinuna.

Shaanika joined AC Promotions immediately after the formation of the stable in 2019, which was founded by trainer Immanuel Moses.

He was first under the MTC Nestor Sunshine Tobias Boxing and Fitness Academy.

“The way forward for me is now to challenge the top boxers such as Mungandjera who holds the national welterweight title and boxers such as Shinima.

“At Saturday’s event we were fighting for national eliminator, meaning whoever won the fight was going to fight the champion. I knew I was going to beat Bulelo as I knew that he was not going to last 10 rounds.

“We just want the promoters to work together to make such fights happen,” he said.

Born 26 years ago at Othika village in Omusati, Shaanika is the nephew to former World Boxing Association (WBA) Lightweight champion and now retired boxer Paulus ‘Hitman’ Moses and also relative to another boxer Lukas ‘Desert Storm’ Sakaria.

He started boxing in Okahandja as an amateur in 2013 before he turned professional in 2019.

To date he has fought seven times winning all the fights.

“My aim is to fight for a world title. I joined AC Promotion because I saw the potential in it ever since it was formed,” said Shaanika, who also dabbles in carpentry.