Malawi Defence Force (MDF) boxer Ruth Chisale delivered a timely reminder of her prowess when she stopped pugilist Rukia Nasirite of Kenya in the second round of an eight-round non-title welterweight fight on Boxing Day.
Chisale did not waste time but take the fight to Nasirite, who was on the back foot, as the MDF boxer landed a flurry of heavy punches in AICC Lake Nyasa Hall in Arusha on Monday.
The 25-year-old boxer ultimately landed the final blow in the second round to settle the contest.
She effectively improved her record to 12 wins with seven knockouts and two defeats while Nasirite dropped her record to seven wins, 10 defeats and six draws.
Chisale said it was important to make a winning return, having lost to Hedda Wolmarans of South Africa in March.
“It feels great to have won with a second round knockout. I am now longing for more fights. I have finished the year strongly and it is my hope that I will start next year on a high,” she said.
Ironically, Chisale’s compatriots lost on points.
Her fellow female boxer Loveness Kokha, male boxers Grey Chimkwapulo and Yamikani Mkandawire all lost on points.
Match-maker Stephen ‘Mawenzi’ Msiska said the trio put up an impressive performance but the boxers were betrayed by judges.
“The three were also good and put up a gallant fight.
“However, it is not easy to win on points on foreign soil. The best is to knock out your opponent as Chisale did. It is a harsh lesson for them.
“On the other hand, Ruth proved that she is a top boxer. Her performance was terrific,” he said.