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Ellen Simwaka hopes to defend IBF belt February

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South Africa based Malawian pugilist Ellen Simwaka has hinted that she might defend the women’s International Boxing Federation (IBF) bantamweight title in February next year against a yet-to-be named opponent.

Simwaka said this after knocking out Asandiswa Nxokwana in a non-title bout last week.

“I might be defending in February next year. Besides that, I don’t have any plans yet for the next year I am just leaving everything in God’s hands and see what God has in store for me,” she said.

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Simwaka won the belt when she defeated favourite, South Africa’s Sharadene Fortuin on split decision at Galleria Sandton’s Premium Conference in May.

She then defended the belt in August when she defeated Zambian boxer Lina Kasekwa on split decision in August.

Commenting on her recent victory, Simwaka said it was a well calculated and executed game-plan.

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“I and my team knew that they were going to come and outbox me smart. So we planned to attack and keep close distance,” she said.

This year, Simwaka fought four times, winning on all occasions.

“This has been a wonderful year which I am really grateful for and I believe next year is going to be greater, with opportunities. I want to thank God for the life and good health and everything that he has done in my life,” she said.

Following her recent win, Simwaka has 12 wins, five defeats and two draws.

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