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African Boxing Union threatens to revoke Anisha Basheel’s belt

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Lonzoe Zimba

Malawian fighter Anisha Basheel risks losing her African Boxing Union (ABU) Female Lightweight belt after failing to defend it within the mandated period.

ABU has notified Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB) about its intention to revoke the belt should the Malawian fail to defend it within five months.

MPBCB President Lonzoe ‘Defector’ Zimba confirmed the development, saying ABU had given Basheel and the board the last chance to arrange a title defence.

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“We have indeed received communication from ABU that they have extended our grace period by five months. We are therefore appealing to stakeholders to help us secure a fight so that Anisha defends her title,” Zimba said.

He said at least K10 million is required to stage Basheel’s ABU title defence at home.

“The fee includes sanction fees and logistics for judges as they will need to come from other countries,” Zimba said.

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Local boxing promoter Mike ‘Bangwe One’ Chitenje of Mulanje Last Boxing Promotion asked the board to consider involving other stakeholders within the industry.

“It is possible to stage a fight of this magnitude but it requires stakeholders to work jointly. The board should work with reputable promoters, the government and the private sector,” Chitenje said.

Basheel won the ABU title after knocking out Consolata Musanga on December 2 2017 in Kenya before clinching the Commonwealth Female belt on June 15 2018 when she knocked out Sam ‘SJ’ Smith in the United Kingdom.

Basheel lost the Commonwealth belt to Chantelle Cameron on July 20 2019.

She recently knocked out Kholosa Ndobayini in South Africa.

The 25-year-old has 10 wins, all of them knockouts, with eight defeats.

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