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South Africa-based boxer yearns for new chapter

By Mphatso Malidadi:

WANTS TO BUILD REPUTATION—Jackson

South Africa-based boxer, Sando ‘Hammer’ Jackson, is hoping to open a new chapter in his career after becoming a punching bag for several years.

Jackson is expected to face a South African opponent on June 16 in Johannesburg. The Malawian has struggled ever since he left the country after losing three consecutive fights to Lunga Stimela, Nkosinathi Biyela and Ripfumelo Chikwambana. Jackson also lost to compatriot Wilson Masamba back home and is continuing his search for a win in the Rainbow Nation.

“I have been longing for a chance to get back to the ring and win. Since I lost two bouts, including a defeat to Stimela, I have been in the gym preparing for this fight. I have not been doing well but it is my chance to focus and get my act together,” he said.

Jackson said he was sad that some quarters were describing him as a journeyman following the manner of his defeats, which end in technical knockouts. “I want to rewrite my name. I am working on my reputation. I have to win this fight by a knockout or a unanimous decision,” he said.

Jackson is under the tutelage of Abraham Lubisi of Mpumalanga in South Africa.

“Abraham is a good trainer and the result of the fight will speak about his qualities. I have been working on endurance and speed. We have a good game plan to win this bout,” he said. Most Malawian boxers leave the country in search of greener pastures in South Africa, hoping to emulate compatriot Isaac ‘Golden Boy’ Chilemba who has been successful in South Africa and is now world-renowned.

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