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Indiscipline floors male boxers

Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB) spokesperson, Frank Chibisa, has said some male boxers are failing to realise their full potential because of indiscipline.

Chibisa said most male boxers fail to take care of themselves—a thing that compromises their performance in international bouts.

“Of course, some of the defeats were questionable but the conduct of most boxers left a lot to be desired. Some were misbehaving off the ring and this contributed to their downfall,” he said.

Chibisa said the board wants to hold a seminar in April to educat e managers, matchmakers and promoters on how to guide boxers.

“When I talk about indiscipline, it is not only about immoral behaviour. Indiscipline, in this case, can mean their [the boxers’] diet and how they train. This is the reason we are organising a seminar to sensitise managers and other stakeholders on how to manage their boxers so that they should behave accordingly by following the right habits,” he said.

However, well-known boxer, Wilson Masamba, said some male boxers do not train regularly due to limited opportunities for fights.

“A boxer can train religiously if he is given enough bouts. Some boxers do not follow a diet or training schedule regularly because they don’t have motivation to do it. It is fights that drive boxers to the gym and follow a proper diet,” he said.

Recently, MPBCB hailed female boxers, including African Boxing Union super lightweight champion, Anisha Bashir, for lifting Malawi’s flag high.

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