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Boxing returns to Blantyre

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Boxing springs back to life in Blantyre with a scintillating showdown between Mussa Mkwanda and Limbanbi Masama at Motel Paradise on December 27.

The super welterweight category fight marks a return to the game in the commercial city after the government lifted the sports ban imposed in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The suspension was lifted last month, enabling various sports disciplines to resume their activities within and outside the country.

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Boxing also returned to the ring but it is only Lilongwe that has staged professional bouts, leaving out other major centres such as Blantyre, Zomba and Mzuzu.

However, boxing lovers in Blantyre and other parts of the Southern Region have every reason to smile as Besao Boxing Promotions has arranged the 10-round nontitle bout just a day after Boxing Day.

Besao Director Bester Saopa said Masamba and Mkwanda are two of the country’s top boxers who will give out the best on the day.

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“We could not settle for a better day to bring boxing back to Blantyre than December 27. Our boxers are fully prepared to give out their best after months of inactivity,” Saopa said.

The Mchinji-based Mkwanda said he was geared to embarrass his opponent before his home fans.

“I have watched Masamba’s fights for a long time and I know how to floor him. I cannot waste resources travelling all the way from Mchinji just to lose this bout,” he said.

Sponsor Gringo Bamusi, who is Balotelli Lodge Managing Director, said he partnered Besao to help in the game’s development.

“Blantyre used to be the epicentre of boxing in the country. It is sad that we lost that status to Lilongwe. We now want things to change. Boxing must return to Blantyre,” Bamusi said.

Masamba and Mkwanda signed an agreement with Balotelli Lodge and Besao at Blantyre Youth Centre during a ceremony which Southern Region Boxing Committee Chairperson Rex Luya graced

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