Challenger Malani Kayuni was leading by 107 points to 96 against lightweight belt holder Crispin Moliati when he failed to beat the count in round 12 of a 12-round title bout held at Kamuzu Institute of Sports in Lilongwe on Sunday, September 8, 2012.
According to statistics from organizers of the bout sourced by Nyasa Times, Kayuni was poised to get Moliati’s belt when he failed to stand on guard (raise his fists) as referee Fred Mchochoma made the count with only 20 seconds to go before the end of the bout.
The young brother to Osgood Kayuni just gazed at the referee after taking heavy punches, prompting the ref to declare the bout over after counting 10 times.
Had the boxer raised his fists and hang on in the remaining 20 seconds, he was going to get the belt as the holder would only have gone up to 106 points after winning the last round.
Kayuni would have also jumped to 116 points as a boxer is awarded 10 points for winning a round and nine points after losing a round.