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Hannock Phiri steps up preparations

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Blossoming boxer Hannock Phiri has stepped up preparations for Universal Boxing Organisation (Ubo) welterweight fight.

The two belt holder is currently training at Dempseys Boxing Club in North Durban, South Africa ahead of the 10-round contest slated for October 29 in Tanzania against Cosmas Cheka. Initially the fight was set for August 29 but it was shifted due to coronavirus pandemic.

Phiri said winning a third belt would inspire him to qualify and challenge for reputable titles.

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“Just as I said recently it is important that I should keep on winning. I know these belts are giving me the platform to build my confidence and record which will give me an opportunity to vie for reputable belts like World Boxing Council,” he said.

Phiri said he was concentrating on endurance and technique to easily overcome his opponent.

“Maybe it is a blessing in disguise having sporting activities suspended due to Covid-19. This has given me ample time to work on my style and endurance,” said the boxer who holds the World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) and national junior lightweight belts.

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Matchmaker, Steve ‘Mawenzi’ Msiska, said Phiri is strong and disciplined.

“The good thing about him is that he is focused and always working hard to improve his performance. It is good that he is winning these titles which will enhance his reputation to be considered for big titles,” he said.

Phiri, knocked out Byson Gwayani in the sixth-round of the 12-round title contest to snatch the Super Lightweight belt at M1 Centre Point in Lilongwe in December last year.

The 21-year-old boxer won the WPBF title on a unanimous decision after outclassing Hillary Kataya at Mulungushi Conference Centre in Lusaka Zambia in September last year.

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