Wilson Masamba, Charles Misanjo to undergo intensive preps
Two local boxers Wilson Masamba and Charles Misanjo will undergo intensive preparations in foreign countries, including camping in Zimbabwe and South Africa, ahead of the ‘Knockout Malaria Malawi’ bill.
The bill will feature boxers from 10 countries and it will be held at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe on September 26.
In the main fight, Masamba will face Brazilian Cid Edson Bispo Ribeiro for the vacant featherweight World Boxing Union (WBU) title in a 12-round fight.
In the second main fight, Misanjo will take on Maobi Mothiba of Botswana for the World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) welterweight belt.
No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions and other stakeholders within the bill have lined up an intensive training routine for the Malawian pair to be in shape before the title fights.
Masamba and Misanjo would train at Zimbabwe’s Delta Force Boxing Academy with trainer Clyde Msonda and then head to South Africa. Misanjo arrived in Zimbabwe on Tuesday while Masamba was expected on Friday.
No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions managing director Craig Rousseau said they were doing everything possible to enable the Malawian duo win titles.
“This is an extra-ordinary bill. Even though we are emphasizing on our mission to combat malaria, we also need our boxers to win the titles. So they will train in Zimbabwe and South Africa,” he said.
Rousseau said they were encouraged with the government support.
Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB) president, Lonzoe Zimba, said they also plan to call foreign boxers to spar with Masamba and Misanjo.
“In the meantime, we have agreed that we should not sanction local fights that would involve Masamba and Misanjo. We have also planned to invite some boxers from neighbouring countries to spar with the two,” he said.
Minister of Health, Dr Jean Kalilani and Minister of Sports Grace Chiumia, have pledged to support the Knockout Malaria Malawi bill because it was an initiative of national importance.
Malaria remains a major health problem in the country with 7200 cases diagnosed per day.
No Pain No Gain has partnered with Jay Masangi of Tanzania’s Hall of Fame Boxing Promotions, Msonda of Delta Force Boxing Academy in Zimbabwe and New Dawn Boxing Promotions’ Mike Chimaliza.
The stables have also identified Ulemu Msothi as the potential ringside announcer as he has demonstrated skills on that.
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