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Shasha Masamba wins,Mussa floored

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MALAWIAN boxers had contrasting fortunes on Friday night in non-title bouts in Harare, Zimbabwe, with Wilson Masamba winning on points whereas Mussa Ajibu suffered a fourth-round knockout defeat.

In a cruiser weight contest, Ilunga Makabu of the Democratic Republic of Congo proved too good for Ajibu, knocking him twice before sealing the win. Ajibu spent most of his time retreating against the highly-rated Makabu.

But Masamba was in a class of his own as he defeated Zimbabwean Lawrence Moyo on a unanimous decision. Two judges scored the fight 57-54 and 59-56 in Masamba’s favour. In a post-match interview, Masamba said he wanted to get a knockout win over his opponent but was let down by the referee who he claimed was over protecting Moyo.

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“I pinned him down several times but each time I went for the killer punch, the referee kept breaking us apart. It was disturbing because they were giving him time to recover.

“It is always difficult to win on points whenever we are fighting away from home. So, this result is an indication that I completely dominated the fight. I would have finished him off,” he said.

Match-maker, Steve Mawenzi Msiska, of Ngumi Boxing Stable, said he foresaw Ajibu’s defeat because the fight was a mismatch.

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“They may have fought in the same weight category but when you consider their records, you will discover that Makabu has faced highlyrated boxers in his career and is recovering from a recent loss,” he said

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