The much anticipated eight round non title boxing bout at Obriegado Leissure Park in the city of Mzuzu between challenger Rhino Yuda from Zomba and Felix Mwamaso ended in a draw last Sunday.
Mwamaso, who promised to knock out Yuda, came into the ring with a record of never losing any game at home in Mzuzu. Yuda came into the ring with Anthony Makondetsa’s number “Mfumu ya Ayuda” playing in the background.
As expected, the first round was just a warm up as the two boxers exchanged lighter punches as they sized each other up.
In the second round, Yuda who was in red trunks stumbled and touched the canvas with his red gloves as a result of a powerful right punch from Mwamaso who was in black trunks, sending his fans into a frenzy as they chanted “Mwamaso! Mwamaso! Mwamaso!” with the hope of seeing him victorious at the end of the bout as he promised.
The third round was quite exciting as both boxers displayed wonderful combinations of punches, jabs as well as hooks but Mwamaso’s hard punch in the final second of the round was spectacular and it left spectators with something to discuss as the bell went to end the round.
There was not much to write about in rounds four and five but the skill in the challenger Rhino Yuda was quite remarkable.
The last two rounds saw the two boxers aiming for a knock out but it never came because each one of them was guarding himself brilliantly despite holding each other here and there forcing referee Dunstan Nyamazi to shout “break!”
At the end of it all judge number one, William Matimba, gave Rhino Yuda 75 and Mwamaso 79 while judge number two Lameck Phiri gave both boxers 78 points with judge number three Gibson Chisale scoring 79 for Red Corner (Yuda) and 75 for Blue Corner (Mwamaso). The bout therefore ended in a draw.
Speaking to Nyasa Times after the fight, Felix Mwamaso said many boxers in Malawi have been avoiding meeting him in the ring in Mzuzu because of his unbeaten record and he did not want to embarrass the upcoming boxer in the name of Rhino Yuda.
“I didn’t want to knock him down. I was simply welcoming him in Mzuzu. I therefore ask my promoters to organize a rematch when I will then finish him,” retorted Mwamaso.
But Yuda said, “Mwamaso should not lie. He prepared very well for me and that’s how he fights. He has failed to beat me. I welcome his idea of a rematch and that time he will collapse in a pool of blood.”
Taking his turn, William Mwamlima of Bagdad Boxing Promotions, who organized the bout, said he was satisfied with the result.
He lamented over the poor condition of the ring at Obriegado Leissure Park and asked members of the cooperate world to come in and assist in developing boxing in the northern region of Malawi.
In the main supporting bout, Pemphero Nkhoma from Zomba emerged winner on points over Mzuzu based Laston Kayira in a six round non title fight.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :