By Mphatso Malidadi
Two Malawian boxers suffered defeats in Russia on Saturday during non-title bouts but one of the boxers, Mussa Ajibu, was left frustrated and humiliated following a first round technical knockout.
Ajibu, competing in cruiserweight category, appeared unfit and was soaked with a flurry of punches in the early seconds, forcing him to retreat as Russian Denis Savitsky released some body punches.
The Malawian was prevented from falling by the ropes but he could not duck the more punches as Savitsky released a powerful left hook that hit Ajibu’s left side of the stomach.
The referee immediately stopped the fight to grant Savitsky his sixth win in seven fights, having drawn once.
However, Ajibu, 36, who failed to match the 24-year Russian boxer, conceded defeat.
“It was a bad day in office I can’t say much. However, I would like to urge Malawian media not to concentrate on defeats. When I recently won in DR Congo, nobody wrote about it,” he said.
According to boxrec.com, Ajibu’s record has dropped to 29 wins including 24 knockouts, 18 defeats and five draws whereas Savitsky improved his record to six wins with four knockouts and a draw.
Ajibu’s compatriot, Dennis Mwale, put up an impressive performance and was unfortunate to lose on points to Vaghinak Tamrazyan after the end of eight rounds in a super lightweight fight.
Mwale said he could have won had it not been that his counterpart was using dirty tricks.
“The fight was good and I lost on points though the guy was very dirty. He was hitting at the back of my head. They even deducted points from him but it was not enough,” he said.
According to boxrec.com, Mwale, 32, has nine wins and four defeats while Tamrazyan, 37, has 19 wins and eight defeats.