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Crispin Moliati dethroned

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By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

Promising boxer Israel ‘Money Machine’ Kam’mwamba raised his game to force Crispin ‘Dungulinya’ Moliati into retirement in a featherweight title bout at M1 Centre Point in Lilongwe on Sunday.

Having kept the belt for two years without a challenger, Moliati finally met his match in an entertaining and exciting fight.

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As a challenger, Kam’mwamba lived up to his billing when he dominated the fight.

Moliati found the going tough after sustaining an eye injury from Kammwamba’s heavy punches in the third round.

Kam’mwamba showed hunger for glory as he unleashed a flurry of punches that saw Moliati struggling to keep up with the pace of the bout.

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The injured eye grew bigger as the fight went on, blocking Moliati’s vision. This forced the referee to stop the contest and declare Kam’mwamba winner.

Moliati conceded defeat but claimed that he was head-butted.

“Kam’mwamba came hard on me and he is slowly growing into a good boxer. But he used primitive boxing styles to win. He head-butted me on the eye so that I should not continue fighting. Anyway, I am looking for a rematch after three months,” he said.

A visibly delighted Kam’mwamba said he had a special plan to defeat his opponents.

“Let them come to challenge for the belt but I will safeguard it. There is more to come from me this year,” he said.

Malawi Defence Force boxers seem to be losing ground after Salimu Chazama also lost his belt to Byson Gwayani in January.

In the main supporting bout, Simeon Tcheta knocked out Lewis Nkhata in round two.

Director for organisers Keba Boxing Promotions, Yunus Keba, said he was satisfied with the huge turnout.

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