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Ruth Chisale fumes after loss

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Malawi Defence Force boxer Ruth Chisale was seething with rage after losing her IBF Africa junior welterweight title fight to South Africa’s Hedda ‘The Shredder’ Wolmarans in Johannesburg on Thursday.

Chisale lost on unanimous decision in the main fight of the ESPN Africa Boxing show.

“I did enough to win the fight on points. I clearly beat her. I don’t think the judges were fair and professional I should have been declared the winner. l dominated the fight contest,” Chisale, who has 10 wins and two defeats said.

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Her manager Stephen Mawenzi Msiska of Ngumi Boxing Stable accused three South African judges of being biased towards Wolmarans.

“If you review the footage you will notice that Hedda [Wolmarans] did well in the first and last [10] rounds. The judges should have been professionals for the good of boxing in Africa,” he said.

However, Wolmarans’ coach Colin Nathan trashed the allegations.

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“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.

Soon after the bout, most of those who commented on the social media in South Africa felt that the Malawian was robbed of victory.

However, a South African journalist, who refused to be named, felt Chisale was undone after being overweight.

“She was heavier by three kilogrammes and this might have worked to her disadvantage. She was supposed to be in weight,” he said.

However, Msiska said Chisale reduced her weight prior to the bout.

“Yes she weighed heavier but she had a workout session before weighing in the required weight category later,” he said.

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

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