Malawi Defence Force (MDF) headquarters based boxer Wilson ‘Hard-hitter’ Masamba proved superior over Malani ‘Executioner’ Kayuni yet again when he overpowered his opponent in an eight round non-title professional bout staged on Sunday at the refurbished M1 Centre Point, formerly Fresh Air in Lilongwe.
The bout was sponsored by Lilongwe based boxing outfit, Ngenyama Boxing Promotions, which also sponsored several supporting bouts involving amateur boxers.
Masamba, who had just turned 32 two days prior to the bout was declared winner of the main bout on a unanimous points decision by all the three judges who recorded 80-77, 80-73 and 80-74 in favour of the soldier.
“This (victory) is a birthday gift. I thank my manager Craig Rousseau of No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions for facilitating my training and my bosses at MDF for allowing me to prepare for this bout. With the way I prepared, I knew I would win,” said Masamba after being declared winner.
But his opponent expressed dissatisfaction with the judges’ decision: “With the way it was, a draw would have been a fair result for me. Every time I have fought against Masamba, I have been robbed by the judges. I don’t know why,” cried Kayuni, young brother to seasoned boxer Osgood Kayuni.
This was a fourth straight victory for Masamba over his opponent, having previously beaten him on points and knocked him out twice.
Promoter Patrick Ngwenyama of Ngwenyama Boxing Promotions expressed happiness with the turn-out of fans as well as the standards displayed by both the professional and amateur boxers.
“I have been greatly impressed by both the standards displayed by the boxers and the attendance. I have been sponsoring bouts since 2011 and this was one of the best crowds my sponsored bouts have attracted,” said Ngwenyama.
Ngwenyama, however, singled out one negative incident, when the chief jury, Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board president Lonzoe Zimba ruled out a judges’ decision to declare a supporting bout between Robert Kachiza and Aklas Mchombo a draw.
The chief jury ruled the bout in favour of Mchombo, drawing protests from Kachiza’s camp. An irate fan threw out an object on Zimba before security personnel apprehended the culprit.