BY MPHATSO MALIDADI:
South Africa-based Malawian female boxer, Ellen Simwaka, has finally decorated her career after winning the World Boxing Federation (WBF) bantamweight title.
Simwaka stopped Simangele Hadebe in the seventh of the 10-round bout which took place at Turfontein Race Course in Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday.
Simwaka said she did not want the outcome of the fight to be determined by the judges.
“From the last two experiences, I made sure to knock her out. In the seventh-round, I realised that my opponent was worn out, so I released target blows until the referee stopped the fight. I dedicate the belt to my fans. I thank Rodger Romio Kumwenda, Steve Mawenzi Msiska and the board for their support,” she said.
Following the victory, Simwaka, 21, has seven wins, including five knockouts, three defeats and two draws whereas Hadebe’s record has dropped to four wins, two defeats and two draws.
This was the third meeting between the two boxers. Their last encounter ended in a questionable draw during an African Boxing Union encounter at Portuguese Hall in the same city on May 25.
The pair first fought on September 8 2017 when Hadebe win in controversial circumstances.
Meanwhile, Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board spokesperson, Frank Chibisa, has said an international window of opportunity has emerged for local female boxers.
“We are very pleased with Simwaka’s exploits and she has joined the status of Anisha Bashir who has won two belts. We need our boxers to utilise such opportunities so as to enhance their reputation,” he said.
Bashir holds the African Boxing Union super lightweight and Commonwealth lightweight belts.
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