Former national lightweight champion, Crispin Moliyati’s quest to reclaim the title ended in a loss to unheralded Yohane Banda on a unanimous points’ decision at M1 Centre Point in Lilongwe on Sunday.
Banda was ranked as an outsider prior to the fight, but he defied all odds to remain unbeaten in the professional ranks after reducing Moliyati to a journeyman.
The budding boxer landed strong jabs and combinations that frustrated Moliyati as he was kept at the bay throughout the contest.
The defeat marked a nightmare for Moliyati’s camp, No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions, as the stable’s other boxer, Chikondi Makawa, recently lost a middleweight contest amid controversy.
Banda said Moliyati should be grateful to lose on points.
“I was planning to knock him down in the last two rounds, but it did not work out. Anyway, it was a clear victory. Nobody disputed the result,” he said.
Commenting on professional boxing’s Whatsapps group, Moliyati, 26, conceded defeat.
“Congratulations to the new champion. He fought well. I know where I missed the fight and I promise to bounce back strongly,” he said.
Banda, 20, has improved his record to nine wins and a draw whereas Moliyati’s record has dropped to 28 wins, four defeats and three draws.
Meka Boxing Promotions organised the bill and the stable’s Managing Director, Gome Mwandira, was excited with the performance of the boxers and the patronage.
“It was a solid performance by the two boxers. I am delighted with how the events unfolded,” he said.
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