After enduring a frustrating long period of dormancy, amateur boxers can smile again as Malawi Boxing Association (Maba) has partnered Cool Runnings Restaurant and Zimbabwe’s Delta Force Boxing Academy to organise an international amateur boxing tournament this December.
Amateur boxers’ careers in the country have stalled after Maba was banned for over a year by Association of International Boxing Associations (Aiba) for electing officials that were previously involved in professional boxing.
To revive the sport, Maba’s new president, Justice Katika, has now partnered Cool Runnings and Delta Force Academy to organise the bouts involving 15 boxers each from Malawi and Zimbabwe.
“The boxers have been inactive for a long time, therefore we were afraid that most of them would be de-motivated and give up the sport. At the end of the ban, we went around looking for support to keep the boxers active. We are happy with the coming in of Cool Runnings and Delata Force. The international exposure will be crucial to the development of the boxers,” he said.
Katika added that Maba would also host a local amateur tournament in early November to select Malawi’s representatives for the international tournament.
Cool Runnings representative, Craig Rousseau, said they decided to support amateur boxing because it is the root of boxing in every country.
“Boxers learn all the skills at the amateur level. They need to be supported so that they can get a lot of exposure to do well at the international level when they turn professional. For instance, Namibia is a big boxing country because their boxers travel a lot to compete against boxers from other countries,” he said.
Delta Force managing director, Cylde Musonda, said the Zimbabwe team would help Malawian boxers horn their skills during the tournament.
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