The country’s boxing mother body, Malawi Boxing Association (Maba), has stepped up efforts to purchase rings for its three regional committees.
Maba President, Pyson Likagwa, said they need new rings to help improve the local game ahead of Malawi’s hosting of the African Union Region Five Games in 2022.
Likagwa said they had written various stakeholders to help replace the worn out rings which had been in use for about 20 years.
“We have asked for help from the government through Malawi National Council of Sports. We have also written various companies, individuals and organisations to come to our rescue. We remain hopeful that things will work out for us,” he said.
Likagwa said they had also written international boxing association, Aiba, asking for support.
“Aiba donated some rings to Zambia and our hope is that the same gesture will be extended to us. We believe our boxers have not done well in recent bouts because of the poor standard of our rings. We expect things to change for the better once we acquire the new rings,” he said.
Northern Region Boxing Committee Chairperson, Wezi Mayiza, said they have been using a worn out ring for over 10 years.
Mayiza said the region needs two rings stationed in Mzuzu and Karonga where they have the highest number of boxers.
“We are using a ring that was welded last year. It was abandoned at Moyale after being condemned for use. In its present state, it is dangerous to our boxers and we continue to use it because we do not have options.
“It is the oldest boxing ring in the country and not worthy being called one. We are therefore calling on Maba to give us first consideration if things work out,” he said.