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Osgood Kayuni narrowly edges Salimu Chazama

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Former national junior welterweight champion, Osgood Kayuni narrowly edged out challenger, Salimu Chazama, on a split decision in an eight-round non-title fight at Lilongwe Community Centre on Saturday.

In a closely-contested battle, one judge scored 78-76 for Chazama while two judges gave it Kayuni 78-77 and 77-76.

However, the result left Chazama seething with rage, accusing judges of denying him a clear victory.

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“I am still confused. I don’t know how the judges arrived at those scores. I dominated the fight. Maybe, the only round which Kayuni came hard was the seventh. If I did or speak something against the Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board, I ask for forgiveness,” he said.

However, Kayuni said he was a clear winner because Chazama wasted most of his punches.

“Of course, I sustained a cut but that is not a guarantee that I lost. If you can’t knock-out your opponent, then you must know how to land scoring punches and duck,” he said.

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Kayuni said he would welcome a re-match if Chazama wishes.

According to reports, the first two rounds were close with Kayuni dominating the opening three rounds, while Chazama dominated the last three.

Both boxers floored each other, and Kayuni sustained a cut above his right eye in the fifth round.

New Dawn Boxing Promotions managing director, Mike Chimaliza, said it was a successful fight.

“The patron age was impressive despite having rains in the morning. We thank the Lord because the weather was so kind in the afternoon. I think both boxers were good. The score is an indication that the bout was close and could have gone either way,” he said.

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