Anisha Basheel tipped to bounce back
South Africa based Coach Andson Kazembe has thrown his full weight behind Malawi Defence Force (MDF) boxer Anisha Basheel after losing an International Boxing Organisation (IBO) lightweight title fight to champion Estelle Mosley at Salle Wagram in Paris, France on Friday night.
Kazembe said Basheel despite losing has the right attitude to retain to winning ways and attract other title fights.
“This is not her end. She is still young and full of energy. We are taking the defeat as part of her learning curve,” he said.
The former Malawi Boxing Association national coach said the MDF boxer could have done better if she had prepared thoroughly for the fight.
“Anisha is a good boxer. It was unfortunate that she lost. Of course, she was not happy with her performance. We feel if she can train with us quite often she cannot be stopped,” he said.
Kazembe reiterated that Mosley could not be stopped as she has been in France national camp preparing for 2024 Olympic Games.
“Prior to that, she [Mosley] had four warm up fights. As such it was difficult to keep up with her,” he said.
Kazembe said with intensive preparations Basheel can decorate her record with more international belts having won the African Boxing Union (ABU) title after knocking out Consolata Musanga on December 2, 2017 in Kenya before winning the Commonwealth Female belt on June 15, 2018 when she knocked out Sam SJ Smith in the United Kingdom.
In 2019, Basheel failed to defend the Commonwealth belt when she lost to Chantelle Cameron on July 20, 2019.
Meanwhile, Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB) President Lonzoe Zimba has asked the corporate world to assist the boxer.
“It is good that she is attracting international title offers. If she can be supported to prepare adequately then she can achieve greatness,” he said.
“The exciting part is that even in remote areas where we do not have fenced grounds, the district committees and other well-wishers improvised fence by using sack bags,” he said.
Humba said they