Malawi boxers stumble in Zambia
Three Malawian boxers failed to shine at Mulungushi Conference Centre in Lusaka, Zambia after their tour ended in demoralizing defeats on Saturday.
Malawi Defence Force boxer, Salimu Chazama unbeaten run came to an abrupt end after he lost to Congolese boxer Mbiya Nkanku in the first round.
According to reports, Nkanku weighing 67.9 kgs cornered Chazama with a flurry of body punches in the first round.
Although Chazama, who was weighing 61.4kgs, had his guard intact, the referee stopped the contest handing Nkanku victory.
Similarly, Eneless Nkhwanti lost in the first round in similar fashion to Loreta Muzeya.
Realising technical deficiency, Malawi’s trainer Leonard Metazama changed the approach when Tinkhani Kamanga took on Alfred Muwowo.
However, Kamanga lost in the fourth round after absorbing several punches.
Metazama said he was not aware of the rules which the referees were using.
“All my boxers were not hurt they had their guards intact but the referees chose to stop the fight. I have already spoken with the Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board president Lonzoe Zimba about the incident,” he said.
Zimba said they would investigate the matter as they were equally disturbed.
“Our trainer [Metazama] has notified us about the incidences. We will inquire from our counterparts. We have never experienced anything like that in professional boxing. If it were amateur boxing it would have been accepted,” he said.
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