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Alick Gogodo knocks out Tanzanian boxer

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Malawi’s heavyweight boxer Alick Gogodo put up a master-class performance on his international debut when he knocked out Tanzanian Nsajigwa Mwaipopo in the third round of the scheduled eight-round bout at Unenamwa Hall in Kyela town.

According to his coach Baddista M’balaka, Gogodo dominated the fight from the second round before knocking out his opponent in third with a series of body combinations.

“The first round was an even contest as both boxers sized each other. But from the second round, Gogodo soaked his opponent with some body punches. He caught him with a straight right in the third round and he failed to beat the count,” said the coach.

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M’balaka said fans were so mesmerised and some demanded that Gogodo should fight in Dar es Salaam.

“Another well-known heavyweight boxer who was present Benki Mwakalebela challenged Gogodo for another bout,” he said.

Gogodo said he was pleased with his performance at a time when he was thinking of quitting the sport.

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“It’s frustrating to keep training and then fail to fight because of lack of opponents. I thank New Dawn Boxing Promotions managing director Mike Chimaliza for supporting me to travel to Tanzania. My trainer has also been very supportive,” he said.

Gogodo, 24, has improved his record to straight three knockouts.

Meanwhile, Chimaliza said New Dawn was pleased with his performance and pledged more international fights.

Gogodo’s victory has come at a time when local boxers seem to struggle on the road as most of them have lost their bouts.

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