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No Pain No Gain courts government support

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No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions is courting the government for possible support ahead of the September 26 bill.

The stable met top officials on Monday before the launch of the belts set for Golden Peacock in Lilongwe on Friday.

No Pain No Gain managing director, Craig Rousseau, met government officials including the Minister of Sports, Grace Chuimia, in Lilongwe early this week.

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Director of Sports in the Ministry of Sports, Jameson Ndalama and Principal Secretary, Samuel Madula, also attended the meeting.

“We need support from everyone to stage the country’s biggest ever boxing bill on September 26 in Lilongwe. We met the minister and some officials from the ministry of sports where we explained to them our ideas,” he said.

Rousseau was confident that Chiumia would convince the government to support the bill.

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“There has never been anything like this in Malawi’s history. This is why we seek political will to avoid embarrassing the nation,” he said.

No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions has partnered with Zimbabwe’s stable Delta Force Boxing Academy to promote the bill which will feature boxers from 11 countries including Brazil and China.

At the top of the bill, Malawi Defence Force boxer Wilson Masamba is set to vie for World Boxing Union (WBU) featherweight belt while Charles Misanjo will challenge for World Professional Boxing Federation welterweight crown.

Other boxers are set to come from South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, DR Congo and Tanzania.

Under the theme of ‘Knockout of Malaria-Fighters For The Great Cause’, the bill would be launched at Golden Peacock in Lilongwe on Friday where all details including the pairing and names of boxers would be announced.

Rousseau in partnership with Tanzania’s Hall of Fame has also sent an invitation to renowned American promoter, Don King, to grace the occasion as special guest.

“Obviously we would love Malawi Vice President, Saulos Chilima, to be the guest of honour,” he said.

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