Malawi Boxing Association (Maba) trainer, Andy Muyaya, has said the defeats which 10 amateur pugilists suffered in Zambia during non-title bouts on Saturday could have been avoided.
The defeats cast doubts on the future of boxing in the country, following the manner in which most of the boxers lost during their maiden international fights.
Muyaya said some boxers were not picked on merit as Maba officials wanted to give boxers from all the regions a chance to compete in an international tournament.
“Somehow our selection was poor. We took on board some boxers who were not ready for international fights and this affected our overall performance. Of course, there were two fights in which we were robbed of victory.
“There is also another fight which we lost in a 50- 50 manner against their boxer who has two Commonwealth
Games’ medals. We also met boxers that had been in camp for months and it was difficult to compete against them,” he said.
Nevertheless, Muyaya said the boxers learnt valuable lessons from the bouts.
Maba President, Justice Katika, said the defeats were a wake-up call ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
“Basically, I am not surprised because our boxers are unfit. We are preparing for 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and it was important to assess where we stand. What happened in Zambia is pathetic and it shows that we are not ready for the games,” he said.
Katika said inadequate funding was affecting their plans of holding regional and national tournaments so as to monitor the boxers’ performance.
During the Zambia trip, George Banda (49 kilogrammes) of Lilongwe was knocked out in the second round whereas Elias Bonzo (52 kilogrammes) also from Lilongwe retired in the same round.
Another boxer from Lilongwe, Daniel Lombola (56 kilogrammes) lost on points and it was the same case with Sun Village boxer, Magalasi Bwanali (60 kilogrammes). Yamikani Mtambo (60 kilogrammes) from Zomba also lost on points.
Similarly, Harvey Mkacha (not the footballer, 64 kilogrammes) and Cassim Elias (70 kilogrammes), from Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC), lost on points.
In females’ contests, Mphatso Metaudzu (51 kilogrammes, BYC), Wezi Kataika (56 kilogrammes, Lilongwe) and Charity Thiwa (64 kilogrammes) all lost on points.
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