Northern Region Boxing Committee (NRBC) says it needs K800, 000 to complete the construction of a new boxing ring at Obrigado Leisure Centre in Mzuzu City.
NRBC Chairperson, Stewart Moyo, who is also the owner of the leisure centre, said he and well-wishers were using their own funds to construct the ring. Despite being under construction, the ring still hosts bouts.
“We are going into the boxing season which normally starts around this month, but we lack a good ring and funds to complete the one we are constructing. We appeal to boxing lovers and companies in the country and the region to give us a hand,” Moyo said on Tuesday.
Moyo’s appeal for help contradicts his Treasurer, Wilson Gama, who claimed three months ago that his company, Megastructure Construction Company, bought a K1.5 million mobile boxing ring that he was to donate to Malawi Boxing Association (Maba) for use in the region.
Gama was quoted as saying that he bought the ring as part of his contribution to the sport in the region.
However, Moyo said he was in the dark about the matter.
“Gama is my Treasurer, but he has never told me anything about buying a ring. I am surprised that I am getting this from you,” Moyo said.
However, Gama insisted that the ring was available, but he was irked by Malawi Professional Boxing Committee on some matters, which he did not disclose.
Phillip Ngwira of Ken-One Boxing Promotions in Mzuzu said the unavailability of a standard ring in the city greatly affects them as most professional boxers refuse to play in Mzuzu using the unfinished ring.
Meanwhile, the leisure centre is expected to host a non-title bout between Malani Kayuni and Ernest Banda, both from the Central Region, on Sunday.
Baghdadi Mwamlima Boxing Promotions will host the bout to be supported by a contest between Mwayi Kamanga and Emmanuel Chanza.
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