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Wilson Masamba, Osgood Kayuni earmarked for rematch next month

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As the controversy surrounding Osgood Kayuni and Wilson Masamba’s bout refuses to die, the boxing giants are set to rekindle their rivalry in another non-title fight next month.

The rematch, for the boxers whose junior lightweight clash ended controversially last Saturday at Robins Park in Blantyre, has been scheduled for Salima during the Sand Music Festival at Sunbird Livingstonia. The three-day festival will run from October 28.

The latest bout follows an agreement among Mulanje Last Boxing Promotions, Chombe Foods Limited and Sand Festival organiser, Impakt Events Management.

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Mulanje Last Boxing Promotions’ boss, Mike Chitenje, said they approached both camps to settle the confusion that surrounded the result of last Saturday’s bout when Kayuni was declared the winner incorrectly.

On Monday, Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board reversed the decision and declared Masamba the winner, following an error made by the judges.

“With support from Chombe Foods Limited, who are always with us, we have partnered Impakt Events to make sure that Kayuni and Masamba should fight again to settle the debate,” Chitenje explained.

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“It will be a rare opportunity for boxing fans to watch the pair fighting at Sand Festival, and we thank Lucius Banda for taking us on board.”

Banda called on the corporate world to support the initiative.

“Talk now is about Kayuni and Masamba’s result. So, we will give them a platform to trade punches so that we should know the real winner. Boxing and beach soccer will help patrons to have a breather from music, whose main headliner is Diamond of Tanzania,” he said.

Banda appealed to the corporate world to buy tickets using National Bank of Malawi’s mobile MO626 or Mpamba at K20,000. Tickets will sell at K25,000 at the gate.

Chombe General Manager, Greshom Thomas, said they will support the initiative.

Kayuni and Masamba, while hinting that they fancy the rematch, reserved their comments, saying they want to consult their stables.

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