Malawian boxer loses to Mauritius in round of 16

Malawian boxer Chikondi Makawa’s hopes fo winning a medal for Malawi ended up in smoke after losing to a Mauritius boxer Cedrick Olivier on Monday in the middleweight category.

Makawa was favoured to skip the preliminary round of 32 because he was among a few of boxers on bye following a draw.

Makawa faced boxer Olivier in round of 16 and was just two fights away from winning a medal.

Malawian Steve Maliko Thanki in red
Malawian Steve Maliko Thanki in red

A win for Makawa could have seen him through to the quarterfinals and on course for a medal if he had reached the semifinals.

Another Malawian boxer Steve Maliko Thanki’s dream of a Commonwealth Games medal was dealt a big blow after losing to Tanzanian opponent Fabian Pius in round of 32 in the light-welterweight bout on Saturday.

Maliko Thanki lost 3-0 to the Tanzanian boxer despite putting up a good fight.

His former coach Andson Kazembe based in South Africa attributed Maliko Thanki’s loss to lack of game of time and poor preparations.

“He lost the bout as he wasn’t connecting effective punches. The punches missed the target and whenever he landed, they had no enough power,” Kazembe said.

“Steve fought well. Showed good movements. The main problem is lack of game time. You could tell that he didn’t have quality opposition to prepare for the games.”

Malawi has done well in boxing at the Commonwealth Games havig won a total of three bronze medals through Tatu Chionga in 1974.

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