Malawian boxers Limbani Masamba, Aubrey Masamba and Israel Kam’mwamba won international non-title bouts at M1 Centre Point in Lilongwe on Sunday.
Limbani triumphed over Zambia-based Congolese boxer Guy Tshimanga Thsimungu while Aubrey and Kam’mwamba outclassed Zimbabwean boxer Tinashe Mwadziwana and Zambian Emmanuel Kabwe respectively.
They all won on points.
New Dawn Boxing Promotions managing director Michael Chimaliza, whose entity organised the bouts in collaboration with No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions, described the results as encouraging.
“In the main fight, Limbani was more tactical; he did not just rush in blindly and that is what professional boxers in the world over do. Tshimungu is a knockout specialist, but Masamba kept his distance. He deserved to win because he frustrated the Zambian,” he said.
“As for Aubrey and Kam’mwamba, they too deserved to win and this is good for Malawi boxing.”
Nevertheless, the foreign boxers accused the referees of being bias towards their Malawian opponents.
“The result is not a fair reflection of the fight as I dominated. I won clean and there is no doubt about it,” said a visibly disappointed Mwadziwana, who was using the fight to prepare for a title match in Mozambique in September.
His coach Clyde Musonda said: “The result is not a fair reflection of the fight. My boxer fought well and dominated the fight. I think Mwadziwana won the fight.”
Some local fans also felt the results were not a true reflection of some of the bouts, arguing that Thsimungu and Mwadziwana deserved to win.
“I don’t know, maybe it is something to do with technicalities of the sport, but I felt the visitors were better,” remarked Adam Kachala who watched the bouts. n