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Aging boxer set to retire after 2 fights

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At 45 years old, heavyweight boxer Abraham Nyirongo has disclosed plans to hang gloves after only two professional fights which, interestingly, ended in defeats.

The boxing referee, who secured a professional licence last year in his quest to teach youngsters how to fight, said he now intends to fight one more bout before retiring.

“I think I should leave the sport and concentrate on other things. I decided to compete at professional level but due to my busy schedule I did not compete effectively. If all goes well I can go into the ring one last time and then concentrate on refereeing,” he said.

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Despite losing twice, Nyirongo said he had accomplished his mission.

“My main aim was to influence Malawi Police Service to set up a boxing team and this has been done,” he said.

Nyirongo made his debut in June last year but it ended in disappointment after suffering a unanimous decision defeat to Alick Gogo in a heavyweight non-title contest.

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It was the first time that Nyirongo took to the ring and things appeared bad in the second round when he was sent to the canvas.

However, Nyirongo beat the count and lasted the six rounds of the non-title contest.

Last week, Nyirongo also lost on points to Alick Mwenda of Malawi Defence Force in a catch-weight during the inter-security games held at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.

Meanwhile, Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB) president Lonzoe Zimba said Nyirongo will be allowed to officiate as he was a qualified referee.

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