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Malawi Defence Force female boxer aims high

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Malawi Defence Force boxer Ruth Chisale has said she will use her recent victory in Tanzania as a springboard for success.

Chisale won the World Boxing Forum (WBF) International welterweight belt after beating Grace Mwakamele of Tanzania on unanimous decision last month, on Christmas Box.

“I must admit my performance was not that good but it was enough to win me the belt. I have stayed for quite long without fighting. To me the important thing was to get back into the ring and winning the fight was a bonus. If I was in my shape then I could have knocked out my opponent in the early rounds,” she said.

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Chisale was hopeful that her manager Stephen Mawenzi Msiska will secure more lucrative fights for her.

“It is my wish that I should become the first Malawian boxer to win a World Boxing Council belt or its equivalent,” she said.

Msiska said Chisale’s performance was encouraging.

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“She had stayed for four years without fighting but she was still good. She took punches and delivered power blows too,” he said.

Msiska said they plan to vie for other top belts but the process must be gradual.

“Already she has an offer to defend the belt in March, thereafter we will consider other belts. We want her to win top belts too but this belt was a good starting point,” he said.

The MDF soldier emulated inactive boxer Agnes Mtimaukanena, who also won the belt after defeating Susan Andeso of Kenya in 2012.

Chisale has improved her record to 10 wins including six knockouts and a defeat.

Not long ago, another female MDF boxer Anisha Basheel won the African Boxing Union (ABU) and Commonwealth super lightweight belts.

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