By Mphatso Malidadi:
Malawi’s top female boxer Anisha Bashir saw her eight-bout winning run come to a halt after suffering a unanimous decision defeat to Chantelle Cameron in a World Boxing Council Silver lightweight fight at Brentwood Centre in Essex on Saturday night.
It was simply a bad night for Malawi boxing as Isaac ‘Golden Boy’ Chilemba also lost to Maksim Vlasov on unanimous decision at Central Square in Gelendzhik, Russia, during a 12-round contest for the vacant Eurasian Boxing Parliament Light Heavyweight title contest.
In England, Bashir had threatened to spoil Cameron’s perfect winning record of 10 bouts.
However, the Malawian’s dream to earn a shot at unified world champion Katie Taylor has, for the time being, vanished into thin air.
In a 10-round contest monitored on mtkglobal.com, Cameron was aggressive with Bashir opting to catch the Briton with hooks and upper cuts. All three judges scored 100-90, 100-89 and 100-89 in Cameron’s favour.
Bashir was defensive and tried to contain pressure while releasing some jabs and hooks, but in most cases her punches were wild.
Cameron was indeed the aggressor most of the time but her punches lacked power and conviction to knock out Bashir, who appeared weak and exhausted.
The Malawian said her preparations were not the best.
“I need time to review my performance. Losing is always disappointing. I know that I could have done better with good preparations,” Bashir said.
Cameron, 27, extended her perfect winning record to 11 wins and seven knockouts whereas Bashir’s eight-bout winning run came to a halt.
The 22-year-old Bashir’s record has now dropped to eight wins and six defeats.
In Russia, Chilemba failed to bounce back from the defeat he suffered last year to another Russian Dmitry Bivol as Vlasov was apparently too strong for the South Africa-based Malawian.
All three judges scored the fight 117-110, 116-111 and 116-111 in Vlasov’s favour as the Russian got his revenge following the 2011 loss to Chilemba during the early days of both boxers’ professional careers.
However, Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board President, Lonzoe ‘Defector’ Zimba, tipped both Bashir and Chilemba to bounce back.
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