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Masamba, 3 others pounded in Namibia

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Local featherweight boxer, Wilson Masamba’s dream of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Africa lightweight belt ended when he lost to former IBF World Youth featherweight champion, Albinus Felesianu, in Namibia on unanimous points’ decision on Wednesday night.

The result of the 12-round title contest summed up Malawi’s nightmare after Masamba’s three compatriots, including his younger brother, Aubrey, Felix Mwamaso and Charles Misanjo also lost in similar manner on the same bill staged at J&P Complex Onashitoke Ondangwa, in north Namibia.

Masamba’s promoter, Craig Rousseau and Zimbabwean trainer, Clyde Musonda, seethed with rage, claiming Masamba was robbed of victory.

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“A lot of controversies here though. The Namibia corner appeared worried after the fight. All the judges were from Namibia, except one who was from DR Congo but based in Namibia. Wilson put up a gallant fight and we thought he had won. One of the judges scored it a draw while the two gave it to the Namibian. All the boys put up good performance,” Rousseau said.

Felesianu has now fought 15 times winning 11, including five knock-outs. He has lost twice and drawn once.

Masamba, 30, has dropped his record having fought 30 times winning 25 and losing six.
In a middleweight eight-round non-title fight, Misanjo lost to Johannes Mwetupunga of Namibia on points in the main supporting fight.

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In a six-round middleweight non-title clash, Mwamaso lost to Ndafoluma of Namibia. In an eight-round bantamweight non-title fight, Aubrey Masamba lost to Namibian, Joseph Hilongwa.

Meanwhile, Rousseau insisted that the results would not affect Masamba’s participation in the Knock-Out Malaria bill against Brazilian boxer, Cid Edson Bispo Riberio, for the vacant World Boxing Union (WBU) featherweight title in a 12- rounder this September 26 in Lilongwe.

During the same bill, Misanjo will take on Moabi Mothina of Botswana for the World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) welterweight belt.

“If my boxers had lost on knock-outs, it would have been a different story,”Rousseau said.

Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB) president, Lonzoe Zimba, said Masamba and Misanjo were eligible for the Malaria bill because they did not lose by knock-outs, which require one to rest for 90 days before another fight.

 

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