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Ghosts that MPBCB needs to exorcise

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The incident that happened during the eight-round non-title bout between Osgood Kayuni and Wilson Masamba at Robins Park in Blantyre last Saturday is a shame to Malawi boxing.

There have been conflicting statements after Kayuni was declared the winner by the ring side announcer, only to change a few minutes later that it was Masamba.

According to the score cards by the three judges, Masamba won 77-76, 78-77 and 79-78.

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These boxers have the fine talent and they are our super heroes, no doubt about that, and it is not surprising that they had a tight score.

Unfortunately, this controversy left everybody in total confusion and the situation nearly degenerated into total chaos due to what the boxing authorities described as a mathematical error.

Of course, the Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board said the mathematical error was made by one of the improvised jurors.

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But the million dollar question is how could they trust someone with a questionable pedigree to handle such a sensitive matter?

Such errors usually come at a cost and I was not surprised that Kayuni’s manager, Olusegun Kapanga slapped one of the judges after the press conference, an action which is regrettable in as far as sports is concerned.

That action cannot be condoned and Kapanga should be remorseful for that action.

It is sad that such a mathematical error spoiled a well-organised boxing contest by Mulanje Last Boxing Promotion. I have never watched such a well-decorated boxing event on the domestic scene.

I did not expect Mulanje Last Boxing Promotion Managing Director, Mike Chitenje, the man we shared our childhood in Chitawira Township in Blantyre in the early 1980s, could organise such a brilliant boxing event.

It is my sincere hope that MPBCB has learnt a lesson from this. Boxing is an emotive sport and it is unheard off to be messing up such a reputable contest just like that.

These are the ghosts which MPBCB needs to exorcise if they have to win respect of the boxing pundits.

It is my sincere hope that this is the last time such madness is happening in boxing. Authorities need to be more serious and organised during such events.

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