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Chrispin Moliyati suffers career setback

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Malawi Defence Force (MDF) lightweight boxer, Chrispin Moliyati, has suffered a blow as he will not be able to vie for World Boxing Forum (WBF) belt this month in South Africa.

Moliyati earned the international fight’s ticket after defeating promising boxer, Raston Kayira during the Iron Fist bill at Robins’ Park in Blantyre on December 18.

However, sources indicate that South African promoters have rejected the Malawian because boxrecor.com shows that the boxer has fewer fights.

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Boxrec.com is a website which is used all over the world by stakeholders, including promoters and match-makers, to check records before granting boxers fights.

Moliyati said he was upset with the development, and asked Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB) to intervene and update records.

According to boxrec.com, Moliyati has six fights having won, drawn and lost twice each.

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However, Moliyati’s handbook shows that he has 34 fights, winning 28, losing four and drawing twice.

“For boxers that solely survive on boxing, then this is a setback. We need the board to help us update the records,” he said.

No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions managing director, Craig Rousseau, who was promoting the international fight, said he was equally disappointed.

MPBCB president, Lonzoe Zimba, said the onus of updating is on all stakeholders.

“You must bear in mind that most of those fights happened during Malawi Boxing Association era. When we started administering professional boxing, we asked all the boxers to submit passport-size photographs and copies of handbooks but very few did,” Zimba said.

Malawi News reported recently that local promoters were struggling to market boxers for international title fights because most of the information, including results, was rarely updated on boxrec.com

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