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Malani Kayuni in narrow win

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Malani Kayuni outshone Wilson ‘Shasha’ Masamba via razor-thin total cards of 230-229 in a tight eight-round non-title bout at Obrigado Leisure Park in Mzuzu on Sunday.

What the two boxers promised to be a nerve-shredding exchange of jabs the day before, proved just that as both men stepped into the ring looking bloodthirsty.

The bout looked balanced in the opening stages, but it was Kayuni’s excellent fighting tactics which showed that he meant business.

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In the closing stages of the seventh round, Masamba’s lost steam and he was forced to the floor following Kayuni’s ferocious combination of blows.

Kayuni’s dominance soared from there onwards until the final round, in which judges awarded Kayuni 30 points against Masamba’s 25.

Commenting on his performance afterwards, Kayuni, alias the Executioner, said he had defeated a good boxer.

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The pugilist however said he was not very happy because he wanted to win with a technical knockout.

“I have played Masamba several times and I know how he plays though he has beaten me twice. But I am not that happy. I was aiming at a technical knockout to prove that my game is improving,” Kayuni said.

Masamba refused to accept defeat and insisted that he had lost because of the judges.

“I have not lost this bout. I am not even worried at all. If I had indeed been beaten I would have conceded defeat without a fuss. But I don’t understand the criteria they [the judges] used in declaring Kayuni the winner,” he said.

“Nevertheless, he [Kayuni] has played well today simply because he has managed to finish all the rounds. He has maintained his style while improving on his technique here and there. But I do not see him playing better like he has done,” the Lilongwe-based boxer explained.

Promoter Bagidadi Mwamlima was left thrilled with the turn up of sports lovers at the event.

“Boxing in the region was on the death bed because of verbal wars between promoters and boxing associations. I was receiving some threats because I wanted to re-organise boxing. That is why I had to take a break. But now that all disagreements have been resolved, boxing is back to life here in the North,” he said.

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