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Rough punches

DOWN AND OUT—Mkwanda

DOWN AND OUT—Lewis

Barely two weeks after the Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB) introduced stern rules preventing unfit boxers from securing international clearance, the inevitable happened when three local boxers embarrassingly suffered defeats in Zambia on Saturday.

Female boxer Agness Lewis was turned into a laughing stock and punching bag after losing to Violet Phiri within 23 seconds of the first round.

Her compatriot Mussa Mkwanda also lost pathetically in the second round to Mbachi Kaonga of Zambia.

Mkwanda was sent down the canvas with a flurry of punches.

Another Malawian boxer Yusuf Ali lost on points to Gracious Simwalizi.

The trio could not be reached for comments but coach Leonard Metezama who accompanied the three, said it was not their day.

“In boxing, all over the world, such defeats happen. It is not the first time that a boxer has lost in the first round. I hope we will do better next time,” he said.

MPBCB President Lonzoe ‘Defector’ Zimba promised to return our call.

“I am at a funeral and will get back to you,” he said.

However, local promoter Mike ‘Bangwe One’ Chitenje faulted MPBCB for bending its rules.

“There are a number of factors that contributed to the defeats. The board should stamp its authority by monitoring training performance before issuing international clearances.

“Our boxers should also not fight to alleviate their financial woes at the expense of their record. In most cases, they accept international offers even when they are not fit. It is time they knew that their record is more precious than going into a fight when they are unfit,” he said.

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