Barely a week after Limbani Masamba won in Namibia, his elder brother Wilson was knocked out inside 47 seconds by Namibian, Jeremiah Nakathila, in Windhoek on Saturday.
Wilson’s defeat marked an embarrassing outing for him and five other compatriots, who all lost during non-title fights held in Namibia.
The six were hoping to emulate Limbani who defeated Elfius Shilongo last week, but it was not to be with Wilson failing to finish a modest four rounds.
Chikondi Makawa was also knocked out in the second round by Namibian Walter Kautondokwa, with another Malawian, Alick Gogodo defeated in similar fashion.
Aging Malawian boxer, Moze Mahilasi, also suffered a first round knock-out, while Tinkhani Kamanga retired in the fourth round after taking a lot of punishment from Simon Johannes.
Robert Kachiza also lost to Abimelek Shindjuu in a similar manner. Organiser of the trip, No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions’ managing director, Craig Rousseau, was disappointed.
“We cannot tolerate some of these results. How do you expect an experienced boxer with a number of fights under his belt to lose in that manner?” Rousseau said.
“However, we need the corporate world to support us so that our boxers should be well-prepared. It was good that the fights were beamed on SuperSport so that the nation should appreciate how our counterparts are organised and sponsored.”
Rousseau confirmed that the forthcoming featherweight title fight that was set for December 18 between Wilson Masamba and Kayira, has been called off because the Malawi Defence Force boxer is ineligible to fight within three months.
Meanwhile, an unlicenced matchmaker has launched a stinging attack on the Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB) for clearing the boxers who are currently in Namibia, illegally.
“Makawa was supposed to serve three months break after he was knocked out last month. I know that some officials pocket much more than the boxers. It was pathetic that Malawian boxers traveled by road to Namibia, whereas boxers from Tanzania flew. I felt sorry when I saw Malawian boxers preparing their own meals,” he said.
However, a source said the Malawian boxers opted to cook because they were not happy with the food they were offered.
MPBCB spokesperson, Frank Chibisa, said the allegations were aimed at damaging the board’s reputation.
“Some of the officials should understand what happens in boxing. A technical knock-out is different from an actual knock-out. You can clear a boxer who suffered a technical knock-out upon examination, while a boxer who suffered knock-out is required to observe three months break,” he said.
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