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Three to fight in Tanzania, Kosovo

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Three local boxers are set to leave the country this week for international title and non-title fights in Tanzania and Kosovo.

Limbani Masamba, Israel Kam’mwamba and Chimwemwe Chiotcha have been undergoing intensive training for almost three months in preparation for the bouts.

Kam’mwamba, 22, will be up against Tanzanian Francis Miyeyusho, 37, in a 12-round East and Central African Professional Boxing Federation lightweight title.

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The contest will be staged at Dar Live Hall in Dar-Es-Salaam on July 22.

Miyeyusho has 41 wins including 24 knockouts and has lost 17 fights 14 being knockouts, while Kammwamba has eight wins including five knockouts.

Kam’mwamba said he was looking forward to the contests having prepared thoroughly.

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“I will not let down my country because I have been in camp for almost three months. My manager and promoter are giving me great support ahead of the fight,” said the No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions boxer.

In another development, Masamba and Chiotcha will set history in Kosovo as they will become the first African boxers to fight in the east European country.

Masamba, will date Faton Vukshinaj, 26, of Switzerland at Palestra Karragagi on July 28.

The Malawian said he was unfazed with the challenge of meeting his undefeated opponent.

“I have trained well and I am looking forward to delivering. I was on a good diet and was given everything I needed by my manager [Craig Rousseau],” Masamba said.

Chiotcha will fight against Timy Shala.

According to boxrec.com, Chiotcha, 33, has 15 wins including 11 knockouts and five defeats whereas Shala, 31, has 21 wins including eight knockouts, two defeats and a draw.

Shala was born in Kosovo but resides in Austria.

The Malawi Defence Force boxer [Chiotcha] said he wants to leave a mark in Kosovo.

“If they opted for us thinking that we were weak, they will be surprised. I am determined to shock them,” Chiotcha said.

Rousseau said he was impressed with the preparations.

“We gave them all the support. From gym fees to allowances and sparring partners, we made sure that they should have it all to boost their chances of winning,” he said.

Matchmaker, Steve Mawenzi Msiska of Ngumi Boxing Stable, was also hopeful that the boxers would win on foreign soil.

“As a nation, we need to rally behind them because they are carrying our flag. Once we get good results, we will attract more international offers,” he said.

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