Agnes Mtimaukanena-Mwando overwhelmed clueless Tanzanian challenger Mariam Salietel in a one-sided catch-weight non-title bout at Robin’s Park in Blantyre on Saturday to win her third straight international bout this year.
Weighing 67 kilogrammes, five less than the Tanzanian pugilist, the Malawi boxing queen did not appear as someone who could trouble her heavier opponent, but she barely broke sweat to earn a unanimous points decision victory.
Mtimaukanena-Mwando could even have done better to secure an early knockout triumph in this eight round bout.
The 24-year-old attributed her lack of serious fire-power to her opponent’s ceaseless holding tactics
“This was really my chance to win by knockout. But it was difficult to achieve that feat when your opponent is fond of holding you throughout the match as that eats away your energy,” said the former World Boxing Federation (WBF) light middleweight champion, whose record has been improved to seven wins, two draws and a loss.
Salietel, who has three losses, a draw and four wins, attributed her defeat to fatigue after spending almost four days on the road and inadequate time for completing her preparations for her first international bout.