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MPBCB undecided on jailed boxer

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Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB) says the body will consult World Boxing Council (WBC) to determine the fate of jailed national lightweight champion Israel Kam’mwamba.

The 26-year-old boxer was slapped with four month jail sentence for attempting escape a lawful custody.

MPBCB vice-secretary Mbachichi Nyirenda said it was not automatic that Kam’mwamba would receive further punishment upon the completion of his sentence.

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“It is a tricky issue but we will consult others as you know we are affiliated to WBC. We need to tread cautiously so that the boxer should be disciplined while also safeguarding his future. Otherwise if need be, we will suspend him or revoke his licence.

“For starters we have asked our Southern Region chairperson to submit a report with corresponding evidence on what happened. Thereafter we will discuss to determine our stand. But as a board we do not condone indiscipline. We will also look at the possibility of engaging a psychologist to talk with him,” he said.

The board is also undecided on what will happen to the national lightweight belt which Kam’mwamba won after defeating Chrispin Moliati before successfully defending the title against Salimu Chazama.

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Boxers are supposed to defend their title every three month even though circumstances such as lack of promoters to fix a bout and challengers contribute to delays.

In this case, Kam’mwamba risk losing the title, should the ban on sporting activities due to Covid-19 pandemic be lifted.

Following his conviction, Kam’mwamba also missed a chance to vie for Universal Boxing Organisation lightweight title fight against Tanzanian boxer Mtango Salimu.

Kam’mwamba was recently convicted of acts intended cause grievous harm and was sentenced to 480 hours of community service.

The former No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions boxer on September 10 committed an offence of malicious damage and was arrested on September 12 before attempting to escape from custody.

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