WBC Asian Champion, a title he defended an
astounding twenty-six (!) times, three-time WBO
Asia-Pacific Champion, and PABA Champion,
Tatakhun has lost three previous world
he dropped a decision to Chris John (WBA
Featherweight) in Indonesia, in 2014 he lost on
points to Vasiliy Lomachenko (WBO Featherweight)
in Macao, and in 2016 he was stopped in four
rounds by Miguel Berchelt (WBO Super
Featherweight) in Mexico.
hopes it will be fourth-time-lucky against
Jengu, who has one failed previous world
title-challenge on his ledger (WBF Lightweight
vs. Xolisani Ndongeni in 2018), and is equally
hungry to become world champion.
co-feature, Mchanja Bakari (9-2, 7 KOs) from
Tanga will take on Dar Es Salaam´s Sunday Kiwale
(14-10-5, 7 KOs), a Tanzanian national champion
who´s mediocre statistics doesn't do him
justice, for the vacant UBO World Light
has youth on his side at twenty-seven, but he is
lacking in experience compared to his older
opponent. However, in 2018 he proved his worth
when he made a good account of himself in Ghana,
losing a decision to 11-0 Aliu Bamidele Lasisi
for a WBC title.
out, this past September, he impressively
stopped former UBO All-Africa Flyweight titlist
and two-time Tanzanian national Super Flyweight
ruler Haji Juma in eight rounds, to line up the
biggest fight of his life against Kiwale.
35-year-old Kiwale has only lost twice in his
last twelve outings, both on foreign soil
against undefeated local boxers, drawing twice,
after only managing to win six, and draw in
three, of his first seventeen. Should he become
world champion on January 31, it will be
something of a fairy-tale story.