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Malawi Defence Force corners boxing promoters

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ONE OF MDF BOXERS—Basheel

The Malawi Defence Force (MDF) has said it will only allow its boxers to fight in bouts upon proof of medical insurance cover from the promoters.

This comes after concerns that some promoters have been dumping some of the boxers when they sustain injuries.

MDF Chief Sports Officer in the Department of Sports and Culture, Colonel Henderson Chilenga, said the move was aimed at ensuring that its boxers were protected.

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“Boxing is a risky sport; so, we need to protect our boxers. We spend a lot of money treating boxers who sustain injuries. From now onwards, all our boxers will only participate in bouts whose promoters will provide medical cover,” Chilenga said.

MDF has a lot of prominent boxers in the country including Salimu Chazama, Chrispin Moliat, Simeon Tcheta, Osgood Kayuni, Anisha Basheel and Ruth Chisale.

The development forced organisers of Nissan Ipite Boxing fiesta to postpone the bill between Chazama and Yohane Banda, which was scheduled for last Sunday, March 27, at M1 Centre Point.

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Boxing Promoters Association Chairperson Patrick Ngwenyama said they were expected to meet this Friday to discuss the matter.

“We will make our decision at the meeting on Friday,” Ngwenyama, who is also the director of Ngwenyama Boxing Promotions, said.

Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPCB) President Lonzoe Zimba said MDF’s concern was genuine.

“This is a good arrangement from MDF and this is the way to go. Promoters and boxers are also aware of requirements when signing contracts,” Zimba said.

Just like in many sporting codes, injuries have robbed the country of many boxers.

In an interview Tuesday, Basheel said medical cover was very important.

“Boxing is, by its nature, a dangerous sport so as boxers, we need to get insured. I am one of the boxers who have insurance and I encourage others to do the same,” Basheel said.

Boxer Robert Kachiza nearly quit boxing after he sustained serious injuries in the ring against Zimbabwean Tinashe Mwadiwana in 2015.

World over, several boxers have died from injuries sustained in a boxing ring.

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