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Anisha Basheel wins at last

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Rising female boxer, Anisha Basheel, finally ended her winless run in her professional career when she beat Zimbabwean boxer, Monalisa Sibanda, on a technical knockout in the first round at M1 Centre Point in Lilongwe on Sunday.

Since turning professional last year, Basheel, 21, had lost six consecutive professional fights, but she redeemed herself during the welterweight non-title contest.

“I was the laughing stock after suffering straight six defeats. I was really mad that I never stopped training. I kept encouraging myself that when I return to the ring, I should fight to kill and I am delighted that it worked,” she said.

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However, the Zimbabwean blamed the loss on a head-butt.

“Those who watched the fight and are honest will tell you that I was hit by a head-butt. It was not a punch. I was left puzzled as officials pretended not to notice the head-butt. I think some quarters had connived that I should lose,” the 33-year-old said.

The mother of three saw her record drop to seven defeats and six wins.

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New Dawn Boxing Promotions organised the bill which saw Yohane Banda beating Raston Kayira on points in an-eight round lightweight non-title main contest.

No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions supported the female contest.

Meanwhile, Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board’s spokesperson, Frank Chibisa, has urged local promoters and matchmakers to be cautious when arranging fights.

“We need promoters and matchmakers that should be able to build a boxers’ records gradually. A good manager should know how to protect a boxer. When pairing fights, you need to consider age, weight, record and experience, among others, of the possible opponent,” Chibisa said.

He added that the board was able to secure a World Boxing Council International welterweight fight for Agness Mtimaukanena- Mwando because she had one of the best records.

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