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Malawian boxers trek to South Africa

OVER four local boxers have trekked to South Africa in search of greener pastures.

Former middleweight champion, Chikondi Makawa, ex welterweight champion, Charles Misanjo, bantamweight boxer George Kandulo and Limbani Chikapa are trying to market themselves to South African stables.

Some boxers such as Ellen Simwaka are also in South Africa in readiness of non-title fights. Makawa said some of the boxers were offered an opportunity to train in South Africa.

“We haven’t re-located for good. We travelled here to showcase our talent to stables through sparring sessions. Hopefully, some of us might secure contracts,” he said.

The Malawian boxers hope to follow the footsteps of compatriot Isaac Chilemba, who made it big after relocating to South Africa in 2003. “Everyone wants to make it big and that is why we are looking for such international opportunities,” he said.

Makawa, alongside Chikapa and Simwaka, are training at Team Sweat Box Gym following an invitation from their Manager, Rodgers Kumwenda. The South Africa-based Malawian promoter, Kumwenda, said he wanted local boxers to stay in shape.

“My first aim is to expose boxers to advanced training in South Africa where facilities are excellent. I also want to help boxers to prepare for their fights to avoid the issue of receiving an offer at short notice,” he said.

Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB) spokesperson, Frank Chibisa, said they were aware that some boxers had travelled to South Africa. “They left with our consent and if anything good transpires, we will help them,” he said.

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