By Jeden Chilikunzako, Nyasa Times
A local boxing expert and chairman for the National Professional Boxing Committee (NPBC), Lonzo Zimba, have been elected as board chairman of the African Boxing Union ABU.
Zimba was voted into office at this year’s ABU convention that took place in Zambia last week to lead the ABU board until 2014 overseeing boxing in Africa and sending reports to the World Boxing Council (WBC).
“It is an honour to be recognised and given such a huge responsibility it means that Malawi is being recognised and that we can competently contribute to the development of the game in Africa” he said.
Zimba added that with the chairmanship being given to Malawi, all the attention will be on the country and stands to benefit technically and materially.
“I will work around the clock to make sure that Malawian boxers take part in the ABU organised bouts so that we put our country on the map by winning international belts,” he added.
The new ABU chair says the last time a Malawian boxer competed for ABU belt was some years back when Chikoya Mphande was still in the ring.
In another development, Zimba will accompany the ABU president Hosni Hoshi to the United States of America in December to attend the World Boxing Council convention.