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Records scarcity haunts local boxers

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Malawian promoters are struggling to market local boxers to participate in international title fights because most of the information including results is rarely updated on boxrec.com, a website which most stakeholders use to check records before granting boxers fights.

A lot of well-known boxers have failed to vie for international belts because of missing information, especially results on the domestic scene.

According to boxrec. com, deposed national junior welterweight champion Osgood Kayuni record has 21 fights including 15 wins, four defeats and two draws.

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The same website indicates that local lightweight champion, Salimu Chazama, has five fights with two wins, one draw and two defeats.

Another Malawi Defence Force boxer, Chrispin Moliyati, is not spared either after boxrec.com shows that he has six fights. According to the website he has won, drawn and lost twice each.

Ironically, according to their local handbook, all the boxers have fought a lot of fights. Chazama has 22 fights including 19 wins, two defeats and a draw. Kayuni has fought 31 times, winning 25 fights, losing five times and drawing once.

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Chazama, Moliyati and Kayuni are not the only boxers whose updated records are missing on the website, but the rest of the boxers are also affected.

Unlicenced matchmaker, Steve Mawenzi Msiska, admitted that it was difficult to market local boxers in the absence of updated information on boxrec.com.

“This is the website which most boxing stakeholder use to check records before they grant boxers international title fights. If they discover that a boxer has fewer fights they easily pull out and consider the next option,” he said.

Msiska offered to help the board to update boxers’ records if need be.

Msiska asked the Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB) to regularly send updated information to boxrec. com so that Malawian boxers are easily marketed.

“It is the duty of the board to send information to the website to update records for local boxers. Sadly this is not happening and in the end it is affecting promoters because they can’t get international title fights for local boxers,” he said.

The trio equally expressed their sadness that most of their information was missing on the website.

In separate interviews, Kayuni, Moliyati and Chazama said they cannot send results on their own because officials will not entertain them.

They all asked MPBCB to use its means to update the website to boost their chances of earning international title fights.

MPBCB president, Lonzoe Zimba, said they were not to blame for the mess because most of the fights were fought under Malawi Boxing Association.

“Even before Maba established the disbanded National Professional Boxing Committee, Maba was not regularly updating the website. In our case we try to furnish our counterparts with all the information to update records.

“However, you must understand the system that at times it takes weeks before information is updated on the website because our counterparts try to verify,” he said.

Zimba also accused boxers and their managers of failing to send updated documents including a copy of passport.

“When I went to China to attend a World Boxing Council meeting, I asked them to help us update records. Once we get information from our boxers I am sure things will change,” he said.

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