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Anisha Bashir gets WBC nod for big fight

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By Mphatso Malidadi:

QUEENS OF THE RING—Cameron

Malawi’s top female boxer, Anisha Bashir, has received a timely boost after her camp received an offer to vie for a mandatory fight against World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver champion Chantelle Cameron in the first quarter of 2019.

The fight will also be a final eliminator to determine the next mandatory challenger for WBC Women’s World Lightweight champion Delfine Persoon later in 2019.

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“On behalf of the WBC, and in accordance with the decisions made at the 3rd Women’s Convention in Manila, the WBC Women’s Championship [will be] between reigning [WBC] Silver Champion Chantelle Cameron (UK) and challenger Anisha Basheel [Bashir]- Malawi. The fight will also be a final eliminator to determine the next mandatory challenger for WBC Women’s World Lightweight champion Delfine Persoon [Belgium],” reads WBC’s letter, dated December 10 2018, in part.

Meanwhile, Bashir and Cameron’s camps are negotiating conditions that would have them determining date, place and purse of the fight.

No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions Managing Director, Craig Rousseau, said they hope to get the final contractual offer in the first week of January from their counterparts in England.

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“The fight will likely take place either in March or April. It will all be explained in the contract. If we win this fight, we will be given another mandatory challenge to vie for WBC-Gold title later in the year. There have been a lot of discussions happening behind the scenes,” he said.

Rousseau also said the stable was cautious and, as such, they did not want to pick non-title fights which could have ruined Bashir’s status.

Bashir, who holds the African Boxing Union and Commonwealth Female lightweight titles, said she was hoping for the best.

“I am a boxer. I earn a living from boxing so I really need the fight. I will be vying for the belt so as to improve my record as well,” she said.

Bashir, 22, has eight knockout wins with five defeats whereas Cameron, 27, has a perfect record of eight straight wins including five knockouts.

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