Judges’ incompetence cost Malawi boxer Mtimaukanena WBF belt

In a twist of events, the World Boxing Forum (WBF), a body that sanctioned the bout between Agnes Mtimaukanena and Happiness Nkhoma last weekend in Lilongwe has stripped Malawi’s top female boxers of the belt and has since declared the welterweight category vacant.

WBF declared the welterweight fight null and void on Monday.

According to WBF African representative Emmanuel Mlundwa, incompetence on part of the judges Andy Muyaya and Gertrude Sanjale has cost the female boxer the belt.

During the fight, Zambian judge William Selekete scored 94-98, Sanjale scored 95-100 and Muyaya scored 93-100 in favor of Mtimaukanena.

Mtimaukanena: Stripped of belt
Mtimaukanena: Stripped of belt

The WBF representative claimed that the scores were not in harmony with the 10-point system they used during the fight.

“It seems Muyaya and Sanjale do not understand the 10-point system used for the fight. Their scores were not in harmony with the system. Only the Zambian judge got the figures right.

“As such we have declared the fight a no contest and the welterweight belt vacant,” said Mlundwa.

Henry Sakala, vice president of Malawi Boxing Committee, who presided over the fight, also claimed that Muyaya and Sanjale got it wrong.

By scoring 93-100 and 95-100, the judges meant that the top female boxer won all the rounds which were not the case.

“They were ignorant of the rules. They should have consulted first,” said Sakala.

There was no immediate reaction from Mtimaukanena.

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