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.”
Another Malawian boxer Chikondi Makawa is just two fights away from winning medal after being put on bye in the round of 32.
Makawa faces Mauritius boxer Olivier Cedric on Sunday in middleweight catergory.
A win for Makawa would see him through to the quarterfinals.
If he would win in the quarterfinals he automatically qualifies to win a bronze medal and a win in the final put him in the run for gold while a loss would land him silver medal.