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No Pain No Gain in 2 international belts

No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions has finally laid down ground work to enable the stable stage two international title fights in September.

The bill will feature welterweight boxer Charles Misanjo vying for the vacant World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) while Malawi Defence Force boxer Wilson Masamba is in line for a World Boxing Forum featherweight belt.

The opponents of the two Malawian boxers would be unveiled before this month end during a function set for Lilongwe.

During the unveiling of the opponents, the stable would also showcase the belts.

No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions managing director, Craig Rousseau, said they had paid sanction fees and fulfilled other crucial requirements.

“We are moving in the right direction. So far, we have received one belt and we are waiting for the other belt next week,” he said.

No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions alongside Zimbabwe stable Delta Boxing Academy are arranging the bill.

“The partnership is very great as we both seek to help in the development of professional boxing. Recently both Wilson and his younger brother (Limbani Masamba) also camped in Zimbabwe,” he said.

Rousseau said he had agreed with his Zimbabwean counterpart Clyde Musonda to engage Misanjo and Masamba in warm-up fights.

“We are looking at international non-title fights to get the guys ready for the main title fights. The international title fights will be held in September but between now and then both boxers will be involved in warm-up fights to fine-tune their performance,” he said.

Meanwhile, Rousseau underscored the importance of international exposure if Malawi is to produce top boxers.

“When I took boxers to Namibia some were laughing that one got knocked out in the third round while the other one retired in the fifth round. Just recently, two of our boxers lost on technicalities in the first round while the other in the fourth round during bouts held in Zambia.

“We shouldn’t laugh at these results because they have opened our eyes that we need to concentrate on international exposure if our boxers are to make headway on the international scene,” he said.

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