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Osgood Kayuni, Salimu Chazama renew rivalry

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Former National Junior Welterweight champion, Osgood Kayuni, and fellow Malawi Defence Force boxer, Salimu Chazama, will renew their rivalry when they meet in an eight round non-title contest on January 1.

The first meeting of the two ended in controversy as Kayuni was declared winner on split decision.

Meka Boxing Promotions Managing Director, Gome Mwandira, said both boxers had signed contract and committed themselves to the contest to be staged at M1 Centre Point in Lilongwe.

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“This is the fight that boxing fans in Lilongwe have been waiting for. They would have met recently under a different promoter but the fight fell through because of contractual disagreements. As a stable we are happy that we have managed to tie them down for this fight,” he said.

Kayuni confirmed that he had indeed signed a contract to face Chazama for the second time.

“This time, I want to silence him for good. I have to win convincingly to show him that we are not at the same level even though we are in the same weight category,” he said.

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Kayuni has managed 28 career wins that include nine knockouts, three draws and six defeats.

Chazama said he was equally ready for the showdown in his quest to avenge defeat.

“This is the fight that I have been longing for. I was robbed of victory during our first meeting. I cannot wait for January 1 to put the record straight that judgement in the last bout was biased. I want

to win through a knockout,” he said.

The 22-year-old-boxer has fought 27 bouts, winning 21, losing four times and drawing twice.

Promoter Mwandira said he was working on the supporting fights to curtain raise the New Year’s Day contest.

“We want to organise about worth the money. This fight will surely take Malawi boxing to another level,” he said.

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