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Demonstrations affect Anisha Bashir’s Zimbabwe trip

By Mphatso Malidadi:

HOPEFUL—Bashir after a training session

Renowned female boxing sensation, Anisha Bashir, is yet to leave for Zimbabwe to continue with her preparations for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver belt fight against Chantelle Cameron after failing to collect her passport due to demonstrations in Lilongwe.

The development saw her trainer, Clyde Musonda, travelling to Zimbabwe without the fighter on Saturday.

Bashir said, following the setback, her camp was considering recalling Musonda to continue with local preparations.

“I was supposed to collect my passport from the airport on Friday but failed to do so because of the demonstrations as the offices were closed. But I might travel to Zimbabwe again for fine-tuning. Chances are that my trainer would return on Tuesday,” she said.

Bashir said, despite the setback, she was focused on her preparations ahead of the fight scheduled for July 20 at Brentwood Centre in the United Kingdom.

“I cannot wait to get into the ring and win the belt. The WBC belt is more valuable than the other two belts I hold,” said the boxer who holds the African Boxing Union and Commonwealth super lightweight belts.

The 23-year-old has eight knockout wins with five defeats whereas Cameron, 27, has a perfect record of eight straight wins including five knockouts.

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