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Female pugilists backed to shine

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CHALLENGING—Chilewani

Boxing pundits believe local female pugilists stand a good chance to decorate their careers with reputable belts as opposed to their male counterparts.

Matchmaker Steve ‘Mawenzi’ Msiska said the pathway towards international titles was easy for ladies.

“We don’t have a lot of female boxers and this gives them a chance to easily challenge for reputable belts. For a female boxer it does not take a lot of fights to build an impressive record to attract good offers,” he said.

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However, Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB) president Lonzoe ‘Defector’ Zimba said the onus was on female boxers to prove their prowess to challenge for better belts such as World Boxing Council.

“Much as the path looks easy but it is very challenging. We might have few female boxers in the world but most of them have terrific records. They work hard to get to the top. So we urge our female boxers to work hard to build good records and challenge for top belts,” he said.

The country’s two belt holder Anisha Bashir said even though the pathway to top belts appeared easy, it was tricky.

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“It requires a lot of discipline because as female boxers we face a lot of obstacles. There is issue of early marriages which can ruin our chances,” the boxer, who won the African Boxing Union and Commonwealth super lightweight belts said.

Another boxer Ruth Chisale called for support, saying for female boxers to realise their dream, sacrifices must be made.

“We might be few but the path to vie for WBC belts is difficult because we lack proper support to train,” the boxer who controversially lost WBC fight against Lolita Muzeya of Zambia some years ago said.

Malawi has another promising female boxer Ellen Simwaka and is currently residing in South Africa.

Agnes Mtimaukanena- Mwando made the headlines by becoming the first female boxer to win the World Boxing Forum welterweight belt.

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