With four month gone without professional bouts hosted in Mzuzu, Malawi Prossional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB) Northern Region chapter has threteatened to revoke idle boxing promoters’ licences.
North MPBCB chairperson Dastan Nyamazi accused the promoters of failing to organise matches.
“We are now clocking four months without bouts in Mzuzu yet we have promoters who are acquiring boxing promotional licenses. Meanwhile, I am begging them to voluntarily surrender the license so that others who can manage to organize bouts should come in. Why keeping license when you are failing to organise bouts,”he said.
According to Nyamazi the absence of the bouts is affecting the progress of the sport in the region.
“This is a big drawback towards the sport in the region because in the absence of bouts, our boxers will lose interest on the sport,” he said.
Mzuzu last hosted a fight a bout in March this year when Ernest Msoliza, who is now in South Africa, beat Bright Mdoka from Zomba at Obrigado Leisure Park.
Mzuzu-based boxing coach Gabriel Kondowe said he is not surprised with Msoliza departure to South Africa as promoters in Mzuzu are failing to organise bouts.
“Msoliza informed me about his move to South Africa. Looking at lack of bouts that has characterised Mzuzu, I advised him to go,” he said.
Another Mzuzu-based boxer Felix Mwamaso said it is sad that there are no matches.
“The promoters have failed their obligation and this is affecting us,’’ he said.
Speaking on behalf of promoters, Joe Thomas Nyirongo of Aunt Tina boxing promotion said there is need for the boxing body to meet the promoters and discuss the best way to end the challenge.
“We accept the blame of course, however, the better solution to the problem would be secured if the national boxing board meets us,” he said.
There are four notable boxing stable in Mzuzu; namely Ken One Boxing Promotion, Aunt Tina, Baghdad Mwamulima and Black Belt Boxing Promotion.
MPBCB president Lonzoe Zimba said promoters in the country should ensure that they are fulfilling their boxing promotion license requirements.
“We want progress in our sport. It is clear that in the absence of bouts, the sport cannot develop. We, therefore, reminding our promoters to fulfil their obligation,” he said. n