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Kenyan boxer pleads for fair officiation

Kenyan female boxer Joyce Awino has asked for fair officiating personnel when she takes on Malawian Agness Mtimaukanena-Mwando Friday in a non-title fight at Robins Park in Blantyre.

Awino said she was hoping the referee and judges would handle the contest professionally to allow the best boxer to win.

“I want the referee to be a professional and should treat us equally. I have heard that some of the referees and judges tend to give my opponent favourable decisions. The referee should ensure that we are fighting in the right sporting manner,” she said.

Awino said she had come to prove that she was one of the best female boxers in Africa.

“As I said earlier, I haven’t come for modeling neither have I come for sightseeing. I will fight to entertain,” she said.

Her coach, James Onyango, cautioned the rival camp to observe weight limit category.

“This is a welterweight contest and we want the weight category to be observed. We will give out our best to show what stuff we are made off. We don’t care about her record,” he said.

Awino, 26, has fought five times, winning thrice and losing twice while Mtimaukanena, 23, has eight fights; four wins, two defeats and one draw.

Alufandika Boxing Promotion is promoting the bill and this is the third bill the stable has promoted since acquiring a professional boxing licence from Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB).

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