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Pugilist Phiri to vie for Abu belt

GUNNING FOR ANOTHER BELT—Phiri

Pugilist Hannock ‘Hard Knock’ Phiri has a chance to decorate his credentials after securing an African Boxing Union (Abu) title fight against Salimu Jengo of Tanzania.

The 12-round Abu South Super Lightweight title contest will take place at Bungo Plaza on October 13.

Phiri said he had intensified preparations at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (Kuhes) formerly College of Medicine in Blantyre.

“The fight means a lot to me. I really want this belt. I am working hard with my trainers Charles Kachipande and Coman Chimpango,” he said.

Phiri, 26, has six wins including three knockouts and a loss whereas Jengo, 26, has 16 wins including four knockouts and four defeats.

Matchmaker Steven ‘Mawenzi’ Msiska was confident that Phiri will add the Abu belt to his waist.

“He is a very good boxer. He is disciplined and always working hard in the gym. I have no doubt that he will win,” he said.

Phiri knocked out Jonas Segu in the ninth round to win the World Boxing Forum (WBF) light welterweight belt in April.

He also holds the National Light welterweight title and the World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) super lightweight belts.

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