Malawi Boxing Association (Maba) President, Justice Katika, has defended the cruiser weight fight which the association sanctioned in Lilongwe on Sunday.
The fight lasted 40 seconds after Malawian Musa Ajibu knocked out Kenyan Ramadhan Kaminja at M1 Centre Point.
In disappointment, fans bayed for the blood of the Kenyan.
Wild protests erupted as fans questioned the fitness of the Kenyan fighter. Others doubted if he was indeed an established boxer.
However, Katita said although he felt sorry for the spectators, he was not surprised by the outcome of the bout as Ajibu was in-form.
“There was nothing unusual about the fight as the Kenyan fighter did not match our boxer, hence being knocked out in that short space of time. I feel that Ajibu has no match locally and that is why we arranged this international fight,” Katika said.
The Maba boss cited an example of a 1986 fight between Mike Tyson and Marvis Frazier in the United States.
Tyson won the fight in 30 seconds.
Katika, however, said the fans’ frustrations were understandable.
To compensate for that, Katika said Maba will organise another bout involving a stronger international opponent.
The association has lined up more fights to identify boxers for the 2020 Olympic Games to be held in Tokyo, Japan.
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