African Boxing Union (ABU) Female Super lightweight champion Anisha ‘The Massacre’ Basheel continued with her revival when she defeated Chiedza Homakoma of Zimbabwe on split decision on Thursday.
During the six-round nontitle fight at Durban Casino in Durban, South Africa, two judges scored the fight 58-56 and 59-55 in favour of Basheel while another judge gave it to the Zimbabwean 56-57.
Basheel, who also defeated Kholosa Ndobayini at The Gallery, Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa in July, dominated the contest but lacked the killer punch to finish off her opponent.
The Malawi Defence Force boxer knocked down Homakoma in the third round but failed to follow up with powerful punches to win the contest earlier.
South Africa based Malawian coach Andson Kazembe said Basheel could have won by a knockout if she had the strength.
“Anisha fought well and she could have done better. She could have finished the fight in the third round but she kept hesitating and taking long to attack. She had two weeks of hard work and a third week of easy work,” Kazembe, who is coaching Basheel, said.
This is the first time that Basheel has won on points, having recorded knockouts in her previous wins.
Basheel, 25, has improved her record to 11 wins and eight defeats while Homakoma, 29, dropped her record to six wins, four defeats and two draws.