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Limbani Masamba saves Malawi’s face

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Former local welterweight champion Limbani Masamba saved Malawi’s boxing reputation when he became the first boxer to register a knockout against a Namibian boxer Alfeus Shilongo in recent times.

Until Limbani’s win, Namibian boxers have been turning Malawian boxers into punching bags as the likes of Charles Misanjo, Aubrey Masamba, Felix Mwamaso, Wilson Masamba and Salimu Chazama lost their bouts.

Limbani stopped Shilongo in the second round to put a smile Malawians.

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Limbani’ compatriot Mwamaso lost to Kriat Kamanya on points in an eight-round contest.

It proved to be a nightmare for Malawian boxers who had travelled to three countries; Namibia, Zambia and Tanzania for non-title international fights on Saturday.

In Tanzania, debutant, Jonas Kamkwere put up a spirited performance but lost on points to Said Mondi on points in an eight-round contest.

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It was a similar case in Zambia where Anisha Basheer, Misanjo and Aubrey Masamba was . Basheer reportedly retired in the fourth round despite impressing against Lorita Muzeya. Misanjo was knocked out in the fourth round by Mbiya Nkanku of Congo.

Alfred Muwowo defeated Malawian Aubrey Masamba was knocked out in the second round. Zimbabwean boxer Kudakwashe Chendawire, who is licenced under Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB), also put an impressive show but she lost to Barba Banda on points.

MPBCB president Lonzoe Zimba said boxers should make use of international fights to gain more exposure and market themselves.

“We must commend promoters that are working hard to expose our boxers internationally. However, boxers, trainers and managers should equally put much effort to develop the sport. We know that these fights bring huge financial rewards but boxers should also work hard to improve their records because it matters a lot in boxing,” he said.

No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions managing director, Craig Rousseau and international partner Delta Force Boxing Academy arranged the international fights that were staged in Zambia and Namibia.

Rousseau recently told the media that the fights were aimed at giving local boxers international exposure as they bid to win corporate support.

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