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Board calls for local female title bouts

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Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB) president Lonzoe ‘Defector’ Zimba has challenged promoters to arrange title contests for female boxers.

Zimba said the body was ready to sanction title fights for female boxers if promoters were ready to fix such contests.

“I think in the past we had few female boxers, which made it difficult for the promoters to consider fixing such fights. Now we have a sizeable number of female boxers and it is reasonable to give them a chance to vie for local titles.

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“Currently, most promoters focus on title bouts for men because we have plenty of them,” he said.

However, Zimba said the board would sanction such fights upon the return of sport in the country following its suspension due to coronavirus pandemic.

“Everyone is aware that government banned sporting activities due to the pandemic so we can’t give consent to the fights now,” he said.

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South Africa based female pugilist Ellen Simwaka said she would like to challenge for a local title having been on standstill for ages.

“Now that the board has opened up, I would like to urge promoters to give chance to female boxers to vie for title fights as well. It would be nice to win a home title,” Simwaka, who won the vacant World Boxing Federation International bantam title after defeating Simangele Hadebe in 2018 before losing the belt the same year to Bukiwe Nina said.

Malawi has well known female boxers such as Anisha Bashir, Ruth Chisale and Eneles Nkhwanti.

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