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Agnes Mtimaukanena’s Dubai fight in limbo

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Former World Boxing Forum (WBF) Welterweight champion Agnes Mtimakunena’s return to the ring is facing hitches as the second wave of Covid has disrupted logistical preparations for the bill.

Mtimaukanena was offered a chance to vie for the inaugural World Africa Boxing Association (Waba) WABA World Supreme Welterweight title on April 2 against an unnamed Indian opponent in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

“The promoters are yet to finalise logistics due to the second wave of Covid. It is very unlikely that the bout will take place soon,” Mtimaukanena said Tuesday.

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The Malawian last fought at Club 24/7 Kameza Roundabout in Blantyre in 2018, when she defeated Eugene Kayange.

“I am looking forward to returning to the ring. I am working hard in the gym to get back in shape. I am also following a diet. As it is, I am keeping my fingers crossed as it is difficult to execute plans because of the pandemic,” Mtimaukanena said.

The 29-year-old boxer is still dreaming of a WBC title shot, having contested for the title once on October 14 in 2016 when she lost to Zambian Lolita Muzeya at International Convention Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe.

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The mother of two [Kupakwashe and Kudzaishe] won the World Boxing Forum welterweight belt after defeating Kenyan Susan Andeso in 2012 and has 10 wins, three defeats and a draw.

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