Malawi top female boxer Mtimaukanena set for double-title bout

Malawi’s top female boxer, Agnes Mtimaukanena is on Friday evening set to prove her punching skills that earned her a continental belt in a double-title bout against Ugandan, Shabila Namaaga at Robins Park, Blantyre.

Mtimaukanena is expected to defend her World Boxing Forum (WBF) title she won earlier this year against Namaaga in 10-round fight that has another belt attached to it.

The winner between Mtimaukanena and Namaaga, apart from bagging WBF belt, is expected to receive another one, Universal Boxing Organization (UBO) lightweight belt.

Mtimaukanena: Set to defend title

Apart from the female fight, Malawian boxer Wellington Balakasi is set to fight Tanzanian Allan Kamote in a 10-round World Boxing Forum (WBF) continental lightweight title.

In an interview with Nyasa Times on Wednesday Mtimaukanena said was ready to defend her title while sending a warning short to her challenger, Namaaga.

“All I can say is that she should be prepared because am all set to prove my record and defend the belt. Am here to prove why my sponsors made a right choice in taking me on board. I have been training all along and I can assure you it will be another night when history will be made,” Mtimaukanena explained.

Mtimaukanena is currently sponsored by Pharmanova Limited, and in another interview her trainer, Denver Wynne said her boxer was very well prepared for the Friday evening’s double-title fight.

“Currently there is nothing we know about our opponent, but that cannot deter us from publically saying she is going to win this fight. Based on my expertise, I have imparted all required techniques to defeat her challenger,” explained Wynne.

According to the organisers, Nguni Boxing Promotions, the foreign boxers are expected to arrive in the country by road on Wednesday night before facing the press on Thursday during unveiling ceremony of sponsors for the Friday’s fight.

Nguni Boxing Promotions Manager, Steve Msiska said apart from Mtimaukanena’s fight, there will other national welterweight title fight between two local boxers; Charles Misanjo and Limbani Masamaba.

“We have also included two other non-title fights to curtain-raise the two international belts bouts. Leonard Kadise who was in South Africa will face Brightson Mdoka while long time boxer, Chikoya Mphande will square it up with Tar Baby Bazuka Maseko,” explained Msiska.

Kadise has a record of 27 fights, 20 wins, 5 draws and two losses, while Chokoya Mphande wil be engaged in his second fight since he renounced his retirement from the professional boxing earlier this year. Mphande quit boxing in 2005.

Msiska said to avoid issues of favouritism during the fight, as organisers with consultations from the boxers, they have come up with a list of recommended people to officiate the fights.

“All boxers were consulted to give us names of officials they think can supervise the fights professionally. I urge fans to come in large numbers to Robins Park and enjoy the night of boxing with Nguni Boxing Promotions.

“Everything is set, the boxers have already penned their contracts and what we are waiting for now is the moment-that’s Friday evening- so that they prove themselves to the nation,” Msiska added.

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