Featured Image: ABU Welterweight Title Champ Freddy Kiwitt.
On July 6, 2019, Liberian-German boxer Freddy Kiwitt confidently tweeted, “In 2 weeks I’ll be the first Liberian Professional to win a European and also an African Title. #HISTORY #LIBERIA #ABU” and on July 20, 2019, he did just that. Kiwitt now holds the World Boxing Organization (WBO) European Welterweight title and the African Boxing Union (ABU) Welterweight title – making him the first Liberian boxer to ever accomplish this.
Due to an illness, Kiwitt’s original opponent Daniel Aduku withdrew from the title fight. However, a fight still went on. In place of Aduku, fight organizers selected Samuel Turkson of Ghana (15W-11 KO-5L). After a total of five rounds, Kiwitt defeated Turkson by TKO.
This accomplishment is following in the footsteps of Liberian president, George Weah. Before obtaining the highest office in Liberia, Weah won the highest accolades in football as the African, European, and FIFA World Player of the year. Though different sports, the recognition brings pride to Liberia.
“My next big goal is to fight in Liberia. […] But it’s not going to be easy. We need sponsors or [the] government’s help to make this event a reality,” Kiwitt said.
His goal of bringing the first professional fight to Liberia this coming December is a top priority. As a two continent title holder, his influence and reach aid in that goal becoming a reality. “I am now the European and African champion. Something I wanted to become as both my parents are from those continents. But my dream is to become world champion,” the champ added.
The overwhelming amount of love, support, and messages from Liberians around the world fuels him to do his part to empower Liberia.
Help us congratulate Freddy on a job well done!