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Boxers u-turn, rejoin board

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Well-known boxers Wilson Masamba, Chimwemwe Chiotcha and Mussa Ajibu have dumped Malawi Boxing Association (Maba) and rejoined Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board.

The boxers’ u-turn follows international title bout offers which they have received but Maba is reportedly unable to clear them because such fights are not within the association’s sanctioning range.

Masamba said he rescinded his decision to save his career which was nose-diving.

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“ I am returning to the board in the interest of my career. I have been idle for some months and I think Maba is not ready to help us take part in international fights. I am working with my manager Craig Rousseau to formalise my return. I have a good international title offer next month which I cannot resist,” he said.

Chiotcha said he was misled into switching to Maba’s professional boxing wing as the sanctioning authority.

“The offers are coming yet we are struggling to get clearances. We have families to feed so we cannot stay idle,” Chiotcha said.

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Ajibu confirmed that he was also on the verge of returning to the board’s sanctioned bouts.

Maba’s professional wing Chairperson, Daudi Chikwanje, accused the board of blocking its boxers from taking part in international fights.

“There are several issues which the board is doing wrong. We will hit back. They have been going behind our back to frustrate our efforts to get those boxers back. So the nation will judge us. I cannot comment further on this issue as I don’t want to be dragged into mud with other people,” he said.

The board’s spokesperson, Frank Chibisa, said their door was open for the returning trio, adding that “they are still our children and we will help them realise their ambition.”

Chibisa denied accusations that the board was blocking the trio from taking part in international fights.

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