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Wongani Kainga in pro debut

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Little-known boxer, Wongani Kainga, is set to launch his professional career this Sunday against experienced Laston Kayira in an eight-round non-title bout at Obrigado Leisure Park in Mzuzu.

Kainga said he has decided to face Kayira in his debut fight after noticing latter ’s weaknesses in recent bouts.

“I have watched him on many occasions and his overall performance last year was not convincing. In most cases he has been finding himself on the losing end, so I am confident that I can also beat him. I will take advantage of his weaknesses to launch my career on a high,” Kainga explained.

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He believes that a win against Kayira will put him at par with other boxers who have beaten the Mzuzu-based pugilist before.

However, Kayira laughed off Kainga’s sentiments, saying that he is ready to teach the new comer tough boxing lessons.

“He has made a mistake. It is like he has jumped classes from Standard One straight to Standard Eight in the same year without passing any examinations,” Kayira said.

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He admitted that he has been losing his bouts of late but was quick to mention that the boxers he faced cannot be compared to Kainga.

“I have been losing to good boxers like Crispin Moliyati. But through that, I have been learning one or two things and I am currently looking forward to facing Yohane Banda. So I will show this kid [Kainga] the pangs of professional boxing,” Kayira said.

Kayira challenged that he will not let Kainga last more than two rounds.

The bout’s promoter, Baghdad Mwamlima of Baghdad Boxing Promotions, said his dream is to help upcoming boxers like Kainga find their feet in their careers.

This is the third bout to be staged in the city in three months, a development which, according to Mwamlima, is aimed at reviving the sport which has been on the deathbed in the region.

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