The History Maker: Liberian-Born Freddy Kiwitt Adds African Boxing Champion to European Title With TKO in Accra
Accra, Ghana – Freddy Kiwitt is on a roll. He proved his superiority Saturday night with a five round Technical Knock Out Against Samuel Turkson of Ghana to clinch the vacant African Boxing Union’s Welterweight championship at the Old Kingsway Usher Fort in Accra.
Kiwitt’s original opponent Daniel Aduku, also from Ghana pulled out late Friday due to illness.
With the win over Turkson, the Liberian-born Kiwitt, the current European Welterweight champion improved to 16 wins and two defeats with nine victories by Technical Knockouts.
From the first sound of the opening bell, Kiwitt proved to be the most dominant, landing some powerful combinations and upper cuts to his Ghanaian opponent.
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Kiwitt who says he felt strong going into the fight now hopes to shift his attention to winning the World Boxing Organization title. “We’re speaking with WBO, the World Boxing Council at the minute, trying to get me a global one – and a shot at the world title – which is one of my biggest goals is to be a top world champion,” he told FrontPageAfrica prior to Saturday’s championship bout.
Should Kiwitt get his wish, he could be looking at a possible bout with the current WBO champion Maurice Hooker, the IBF champ Errol Spence Jr. or the WBA champion, the Philippines legend Manny Pacquiao or the WBC champion Shawn Porter.
Down the line he says, he’s also eyeing a possible defense of the African Boxing Union championship, won Saturday, in Monrovia in December.
“Right now, we’re trying to fight in December in Liberia – that’s never happened before, so we want to make it a reality.
Kiwitt clinched the vacant European Welterweight belt in February, scoring an impressive victory over Commonwealth gold medalist Paddy Gallagher (15-5) at the York Hall in London. He previously defeated another Ghanaian, Frank Dodzi.
The son of a German father and a Liberian mother. Werner Kiwitt was a German citizen had come to Nimba County in Liberia in 1985 as an education consultant. It is there he met his wife, Tutu Tour, in Saclepea, the heart of Nimba County.
When a full-scale civil war erupted on the eve of Christmas 1989, Werner and his pregnant wife, Tutu were caught up in the fighting. Two weeks later, Kiwitt was born. Freddy was only a few months old before his parents fled the war in Liberia for Germany.