Punisher gets punished: Masamba silences Kayuni

Malawi’s Light-welterweight king Osgood Kayuni, alias ‘Punisher’ had a shock of his boxing career on Sunday, August 18, 2013 when he was beaten (2-1) on points by 22-year old upcoming boxer Limbani Masamba in an eight round non-title bout staged at Summit Cultural Centre at Biwi in Lilongwe.

This was a sweet revenge for the Masamba family, whose most celebrated son Wilson ‘Hard-hitter’ Masamba was beaten by Kayuni at the same venue a couple of months ago.

From round one, it was clear the 22-year old was on a mission to avenge his elder brother’s defeat as he used his height advantage to scare the experienced Kayuni with long range punches.

Rounds passed without Kayuni producing his famous killer blows and mid-way through the contest the ‘Punisher’ nearly kissed the canvas after absorbing some heavy punches from the lad.

Kayuni gets up from the ropes after receiving a heavy punch, Pic Leonard Sharra, Nyasa Times

Kayuni gets up from the ropes after receiving a heavy punch, Pic Leonard Sharra, Nyasa Times

The inevitable happened in the last round when Kayuni went tumbling on the ropes after receiving a combination of doses from the youngster.

As the last bell went, it was clear the young Masamba had carried the day and fans for Masamba, who were carrying tree leaves (Masamba) were already on cloud nine before announcement of the judges verdict.

Not as tough talking as his brother Wilson, the young Masamba praised God for giving him strength to defeat Kayuni.

“It was a tough bout but I thank God for giving me strength to defeat Kayuni. My opponent is very tough and experienced and I had to make some special preparations for this particular bout,” said Masamba.

The disgraced Kayuni had difficulties to accept defeat, claiming he was robbed by the judges.

“I am not satisfied by the judges’ decision. I was never bothered by my opponent and as you can see, I do not have
any bruise or injury. It’s just that the judges wanted him towin,” said Kayuni.

For winning the bout, Masamba got K120,000 from Fast Sports Boxing Promotions while Kayuni pocketed K100,000.

Fast Sports Managing Director Henry Sakala, who also doubles as Malawi Boxing Association vice president said he was encouraged by the large turn-out of fans pledging to sponsor more high profile bouts through his firm.

Kayuni thrusts his head into Masamba's body, Pic Leonard Sharra, Nyasa Times

Kayuni thrusts his head into Masamba’s body, Pic Leonard Sharra, Nyasa Times

PS for Sports Justin Saidi (in suit), Director of Sports (in hat) enjoy the bout, pic Leonard Sharra, Nyasa Times

PS for Sports Justin Saidi (in suit), Director of Sports (in hat) enjoy the bout, pic Leonard Sharra, Nyasa Times

Off target, Kayuni fails to land a body punch, Pic Leonard Sharra, Nyasa Times

Off target, Kayuni fails to land a body punch, Pic Leonard Sharra, Nyasa Times

Masamba declared winner by Referee Kassim Makwinja, Pic Leonard Sharra, Nyasa Times

Masamba declared winner by Referee Kassim Makwinja, Pic Leonard Sharra, Nyasa Times

Masamba fans celebrate after the final bell, Pic Leonard Sharra, Nyasa Times

Masamba fans celebrate after the final bell, Pic Leonard Sharra, Nyasa Times

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