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Ruth Chisale calls for rematch

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Lonzoe Zimba

Malawi Defence Force boxer Ruth Chisale has called for IBF Africa junior welterweight title rematch against South Africa’s Hedda ‘The Shredder’ Wolmarans.

Chisale said the result of the bout was not a true reflection of the 10-round contest, claiming she did not lose on unanimous decision in the main fight of the ESPN Africa Boxing on March 24 in Johannesburg.

“As I earlier said, I won the fight but the judges robbed me. This is why I am calling for a rematch. I did enough to win the fight on points. Imagine several South Africans and boxing fans from other countries were not pleased with the result. No wonder, they voiced out their concerns on social media,” said Chisale, who has 10 wins and two defeats.

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Her manager Stephen ‘Mawenzi’ Msiska of Ngumi Boxing Stable said they were confident they would secure a rematch against Wolmarans.

“Immediately after the contest we lodged a complaint. They were supposed to give us a response after a week but they haven’t. If we don’t get feedback this week then we will lodge another complaint with a superior body,” Msiska said Sunday.

Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board President Lonzoe Zimba said Chisale and her manager had taken the right path.

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“If they have genuine grounds the results can be nullified or belt vacated. In some cases, they can order for an immediate rematch. Let us wait for the outcome,” Zimba said.

After the fight, Wolmarans’ coach Colin Nathan insisted that his boxer won the contest.

“My boxer deserved to win by unanimous decision, everybody is entitled to their opinion. We are ready for a rematch,” Nathan told the media soon.

Last year, Chisale bounced back into the ring in fine fashion to lift the World Boxing Forum International welterweight belt after beating Grace Mwakamele of Tanzania on unanimous decision on December 26.

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