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Kudakwache Banda’s camp in soul-searching

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Defeated welterweight champion, Kudakwache Nkhakamila Banda’s stable has described the boxer’s first loss in the professional ranks to Limbani Masamba last Sunday as a wake-up call.

New Dawn Boxing Promotions Managing Director, Mike Chimaliza, said they had learnt bitter lessons.

“We never saw that coming. It was a tight fight but one moment of brilliance changed the fight completely. As a stable, we will meet to plan on how we should return after serving the mandatory three months break,” he said.

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Chimaliza also said the stable, alongside Kudakwache, would decide on whether to stick to the boxer’s brother as his trainer.

Kudakwache dumped his trainer, Badista M’balika, for his elder brother.

“His performance has not been good in the last two fights he has fought under the new trainer,” he said after Masamba ended Kudakwache’s 12-bout unbeaten run with a knock-out during the nine-title fight at M1 Centre Point in Lilongwe.

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The southpaw was caught with a hook on the chin with two minutes 27 seconds into the last round before suffering concussion.

It took about five minutes for Kudakwache to regain consciousness after ringside doctors treated him.

Ironically, Masamba won despite the absence of his Zimbabwe-based Delta Force Boxing Academy trainer, Clyde Musonda. Masamba was trained his elder brother, John.

Masamba, 26, improved his record to 16 wins with five defeats in 20 fights whereas Kudakwache dropped his record to 12 wins, one loss in 13 fights.

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