Liberia: ‘By God’s Grace, I Will Be The World Champion’ – Freddy Kiwitt

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The Liberian-born Freddy Kiwitt currently ranked No. 14 in the World Boxing Organization is rapidly cushioning himself for a shot for the World Welterweight crown and said after the fight, his eyes are fixed on a world title. “By God’s grace, I will be the World Champion.”

Denmark – The wins keep piling up for Freddy Kiwitt. His latest victim came by way of a fifth-round knockout Saturday, against the German-based boxer out of Kutaisi, Georgia, Nika Nakashidze.

Saturday’s bout on the Kobra Boxpromotion card in Vejle, Denmark improves the boxer’s  record to 17 wins, ten of those by Technical Knockout.

The boxer, currently ranked No. 14 in the World Boxing Organization is rapidly cushioning himself for a shot for the World Welterweight crown and said after the fight, his eyes are fixed on a world title. “By God’s grace, I will be the World Champion.”

The reigning African Welterweight Champion and reigning European Welterweight champion, says he chose to box under the Liberian flag his heart is still there.  “This is where my heart is. Also, because there’s so many boxers in Germany and we’ve never had this in Liberia. This is why I want to give the people hope that if I can do it, they can do it too.”

Kiwitt dedicated his latest win to Liberia where he will be heading to in a few days to promote his boxing program for youths. “I’ll be going down next week to push a boxing youth program to help the youths to do something with their lives, to give them opportunities to reach where I’ve reached – and more even.”

The boxer has his eyes set on a possible defense of the African Boxing Union championship, in Monrovia in the near future. For now, he is looking forward to his trip to Monrovia from November 13 to the 20th to participate in a number of boxing programs for youths and some important meetings aimed at developing the sport.

Kiwitt says it is important to stay focus and not forget his homeland. “I never forgot where I came from. So, I came back to Africa, to my homeland to represent Liberia.

“This is where my heart is. Also, because there’s so many boxers in Germany and we’ve never had this in Liberia. This is why I want to give the people hope that if I can do it, they can do it too.”

Freddy Kiwitt

Kiwitt adds: “The people need role models. If you look at George Weah, everybody wants to play football because of what he did. I want to be the same for boxing in Liberia. I want to give the guys some hope that if you keep praying and keep working hard, whatever you want to do, you can do it, if you just believe in God, believe in the system and you can accomplish anything in the world.”

Kiwitt clinched the vacant European Welterweight belt in February, scoring an impressive victory over Commonwealth gold medalist, Gallagher (15-5) at the York Hall in London. He had previously defeated another Ghanaian, Frank Dodzi.

Kiwitt: “I never forgot where I came from. So, I came back to Africa, to my homeland to represent Liberia

Recent victories against Irish boxer Paddy Gallagher Samuel Turkson of Ghana has helped propel Kiwitt’s rank to No. 14th in the World Boxing Organization.

In July, he scored a five-round Technical Knock Out Against Turkson clinch the vacant African Boxing Union’s Welterweight championship at the Old Kingsway Usher Fort in Accra.

The Turkson win improved the Liberian-born Kiwitt, the current European Welterweight champion, to 16 wins, two defeats and nine knockouts

After Saturday night’s fight, Kiwitt is also has another fight lined up on December 19 for the WBO Global Belt.

Kiwitt, 29, who is set to return to the ring again in December against an opponent yet to be announced, says, he continues to stay fit and ready to answer the call as he aims to end 2019 on a high.

“The people need role models. If you look at George Weah, everybody wants to play football because of what he did. I want to be the same for boxing in Liberia. I want to give the guys some hope that if you keep praying and keep working hard, whatever you want to do, you can do it, if you just believe in God, believe in the system and you can accomplish anything in the world.”

Freddy Kiwitt

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.

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