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Limbani Masamba guns for ABU glory

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Lion-hearted Limbani Masamba must rise to the occasion to become the first Malawian boxer to lift the African Boxing Union (ABU) super-middleweight belt on home soil.

Limbani takes on Congolese boxer, Mbiya Nkanku, at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe tonight when Malawi hosts the ABU 12-round title fight for the first time.

Limbani admitted that it would be a difficult task to beat Nkanku on second attempt having surrendered his unbeaten record to the Congolese in 2013.

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“Let bygones be bygones. I have developed a lot since that time. I have also prepared intensively and I will not disappoint my followers,” said the 26 year-old boxer, whose record in the professional ranks is 16 wins and five losses.

Ahead of the fight, Limbani camped at Delta Force Boxing Academy in Harare, Zimbabwe, then relocated to South Africa to spar with top boxers.

Nkanku, speaking through Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions Manager Chris Malunga, warned that he was not in Malawi for sight-seeing.

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“It is a different fight, but I will give him another proper beating. I am capable of repeating whatever I did to him. This time there is a belt which gives me motivation,” he said.

The Chilomoni Township pugilist has been accorded an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of Chikoya Mphande and Isaac Chilemba.

Chikoya won a similar belt in the late 1990s in Zambia after he defeated a Togolese opponent, whereas Chilemba humbled Ghanaian boxer, Charles Adamu, to clinch the ABU super-middleweight title in 2008 in South Africa.

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