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Amateur boxers head to South Africa, Mozambique

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Malawi Boxing Association (Maba) has said it plans to send amateur boxers to South Africa and Mozambique for non-title fights.

Maba’s 10 amateur boxers made headlines last month when they lost all their fights in Zambia.

But Maba boss Justice Katika said the association will not relent and will still expose boxers to international bouts.

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“It was the first time that our current amateur boxers fought in an international tournament. The results were not good and this is why we are heading to Mozambique in June and South Africa in July,” he said.

Katika said the fights would help the boxers to gauge their strength and trainers to improve their tactics.

“If we are to change our boxing, we shouldn’t be living in denial. We need to compete with the best in order to become the best,” he said.

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He said Mozambique has pledged to provide accommodation and local transport for the boxers.

“It means our role is to secure funding for transportation,” Katika said.

Meanwhile, Katika has said Maba was failing to operate according to its plans due to limited funding, as the association gets K800,000 annual subvention from the government.

“If we are to run technical training as well as set up development structures, then we need about K10 million,” he said.

Recently, Maba trainer, Andy Muyaya, called for fair selection of amateur boxers when picking squads for international fights.

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