Liberian-Born European Welterweight Champ Face Off in Accra Saturday for Vacant African Boxing Union Belt


ACCRA – Fresh off his clinching of the European Welterweight belt, Liberian-born Freddy Kiwitt takes a jab at the vacant African Boxing Union  Welterweight belt when he takes on Daniel Aduku of Ghana Saturday at the Seconds Out Gymnasium in Accra.

Kiwitt, 28, has won fifteen of his professional bouts, lost two with eight by  knockout while Aduku has won 11 with two losses and one draw.

On February, Kiwitt clinched the vacant European Welterweight belt, 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.

Ahead of Friday’s weigh in at the Seconds Out Gym where famed Ghanaian boxer Azumah Nelson once trained, Kiwitt says he has been happy with his preparations. “My preparations have gone pretty well – with all the ups and downs. I’m just happy I have an opponent on Saturday.”

Trained by former Light Heavyweight champion Lee Manuel, Kiwitt also has his eyes set on a bit of history. “I want to become the first boxer to win both the WBO European and the African Boxing Union (ABU) titles.” 

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.

Freddy played football as a young boy but after picking up an injury, he turned to boxing at the age of 18 and had success straight away including a gold medal in international competition. After a short 10 fight career as an amateur Freddy made the decision to enter the pro ranks.