Ellen Simwaka gets WBA inter-continental offer
South Africa-based female pugilist Ellen Simwaka is expected to face Swedish boxer Lucy Wildheart for the World Boxing Association (WBA) International Female lightweight title.
The 10-round bout of two minutes each will be staged in Accra, Ghana, on March 27.
Simwaka, 23, said the forthcoming bout will open windows of opportunity in her career.
“This is an opportunity I have been looking for. If I will do well I will get better offers for big fights too. Currently, I am training hard to win the contest to attract better offers,” she said.
The Malawian has eight wins including six knockouts, five defeats and two draws while Wildheart, 27, has six wins including three knockouts and a defeat.
The former World Boxing Federation (World Female) bantamweight champion last fought on October 17 last year when she defeated Mellisa Miller through technical knockout.
“I did not stop training because I want to be the best. Of course I am training cautiously as I need to follow protocols set aside by the authorities to fight the pandemic (Covid),” she said.
Simwaka won the WBF belt when she beat Simangele Hadebe through technical knockout on June 30 2018 at Turfontein Race Cource, Johannesburg.
However, she lost the belt on August 11 the same year to Bukiwe Nonina on unanimous decision at Orlando YMCA, Soweto.
Simwaka’s quest for the vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) Female Bantam Title ended in disappointment when she retired against Kristen Fraser at Double Tree by Hilton Aberdeen Treetops Hotel, Aberdeen, the United Kingdom.