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Crispin Moliyati reclaims belt

Malawi Defence Force (MDF) pugilist, Crispin Moliyati, was in a class of his own when he defeated Yohane Banda to snatch the national light-weight belt at M1 Centre Point in Lilongwe on Sunday.

It is reported that Banda dominated the opening three rounds while aiming for a knockout.

But reports suggest that most of Banda’s punches were off target as Moliyati used his tricks of hit-and-duck.

From the fifth round, Banda was reportedly on the receiving end of punches from Moliyati.

After the bout, Moliyati said it was a sweet victory having lost the belt to Banda recently.

“He (Banda) is one of the up-and-coming boxers, but I was better than him. I knew that I would beat him to win the belt because I prepared well for the bout,” said Moliyati who has bettered his record to 19 victories from 30 bouts.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that Banda was forced to defend the belt although he was on malaria treatment.

Banda, who has suffered his second loss in six professional bouts, was not available for a comment yesterday.

Organiser of the bout, Fanuel Katengeza, said he was pleased with the huge turnout and pledged to organise an international bout for Moliyati.

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