Malawi’s celebrated lightweight boxer Osgood ‘Punisher’ Kayuni Sunday evening lived up to his pre-contest promise when he overpowered Tanzanian Moses Mwamlanda in an eight-round non-title international bout staged at M1 Centre Point in Lilongwe.
Sponsored by newly licenced boxing outfit Zama Boxing Promotions, the bout lived up to fans’ expectations as both boxers displayed exceptional skills, rarely witnessed on the local scene. The turn-up was also impressive with fans filling almost every space in all sides of the ring.
From the early rounds, it was clear the Tanzanian was aiming for a knock-out to silence the partisan home crowd but Kayuni absorbed the early pressure before coming hard on the visitor in the closing rounds. For the better part of the final rounds, the Tanzanian was on the defensive as the local boxer kept charging forward.
After the eight rounds, all the three judges ruled in favour of Kayuni, who accumulated a total of 238 points against 224 for his opponent.
Commenting on the bout, Kayuni described his opponent as a tough and skilled boxer but said he had prepared well for the bout: “He is a tough boxer but I was well prepared for him. I noticed from the early rounds that he wanted a knock-out and I decided to contain him before coming hard on him in the last rounds.
“I’m now looking for more international bounts and my dream is to get one of the international title belts,” said Kayuni.
Mwamlanda gracefully accepted defeat but said he was looking forward to a re-match: “I accept the judges’ decision. Kayuni is a good boxer but he should not celebrate because I’m focusing on a title bout that I will be having next month. I did not want to sustain any injuries ahead of my title fight but after that, I will be ready to come back for a revenge,” he said.
Managing director for Zama Boxing Promotions Precious Matipwiri expressed satisfaction with both the main bout and the attendance.
“We are new on the boxing scene but I am happy with both the performance of the boxers and the reception from boxing fans. This is a great encouragement to us and we promise the fans more international bouts,” said Matipwiri.