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Anisha Bashir parts ways with manager

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By Mphatso Malidadi:

Female pugilist Anisha Bashir has parted ways with manager Craig Rousseau following reported disagreements which have not been specified.

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Sources said Bashir was ready to pull the plug before her World Boxing Council-Silver lightweight loss to champion Chantelle Cameron on July 20 in the United Kingdom.

According to the source, Bashir put on hold her decision to avoid jeopardising the 10-round title contest.

Bashir confirmed the development, saying she was looking for a new manager.

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“It is time to move on. A lot of things were happening but I felt I could not make the decision as it had the potential to disturb my fight. I can tell you that things haven’t been okay for some time and I wasn’t surprised that I lost the fight. I didn’t prepare thoroughly because of the troubles in our camp,” she said.

Bashir was, nonetheless, grateful to Rousseau for resurrecting her professional career to eventually win two belts—African Boxing Union (ABU) and Commonwealth lightweight belts.

“He has been instrumental in my career to the extent that I won two belts. But it is time to move on,” said the boxer with eight wins and six defeats.

However, Rousseau contradicted Bashir, saying the boxer left by mutual consent as he is briefly stepping aside from the sport.

“I just want to announce that from today [July 29 2019] Anisha Bashir is no longer a boxer of No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions. I have been with Anisha for four years. I have supported, groomed and made her a champion. I feel that I have fulfilled what I had to. We have agreed on mutual consent and there is no bad blood. It is time to step aside a bit so that she should look for a new manager and promoter as I concentrate on other business,” he said.

Rousseau cited the ABU and Commonwealth title fights which he facilitated to enable Bashir to win the belts.

Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board President, Lonzoe ‘Defector’ Zimba, said the decision should be respected by both parties.

“We can’t force them to work together. This was an agreement between two parties and if parting is the best way, so we should all respect that,” he said.

In recent times other boxers that have left Rousseau’s No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions include Wilson Masamba, Charles Misanjo, Chikondi Makawa, Israel Kam’mwamba and Limbani Masamba.

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