Local light heavyweight boxer Mussa Ajibu has vowed to knockout Tanzanian Said Mbelwa today (Sunday) afternoon as they meet in a 10-round non-title bout at Motel Paradise in Blantyre.
Ajibu says he wants to prove that he is a top boxer despite not living up to the fans expectations since turning professional after winning a gold medal at the Zone IV Games in South Africa.
â€œI want to prove that my triumph in South Africa was not a fluke and that despite some poor showing recently I am still a top boxer.
â€œMy career is now back on track and I am now aiming for international titles and the Sunday fight will be the turning point. I lost against a Zimbabwean early this year because of injury, but I was cheated as I fought an opponent who was weighing 20 kilogrammes more than I.
â€œThis is the first time I am fighting under my new promoters Ayaya City Stable so I need to make an immediate impact by flooring Said in the early rounds, â€œsaid the 26-year-old boxer.
However, the Tanzanian spoke tough in the countdown to the bout and described Ajibu as a â€˜little manâ€™.
Mbelwa, who arrived in the country on Tuesday together with his trainer Omari Yazidu, said Ajibu does not provoke fear in him considering the reputable boxers he has fought against.
â€œI am just back from Germany where I fought against the WBO champion Gold Villa last month. Although I lost on points, I still feel too big for Ajibu. He is just a little man,â€ said Mbelwa .
According to Yazidu, Mbelwa has fought many international bouts in Germany, Switzerland and Australia.
â€œHe has a vast international experience and I do not see Ajibu surviving the 10 rounds,â€ said Yazidu.
Mbelwa, 25, has a record of 18 wins (12 TKOs), eight draws and four losses.
Ajibu has a record of 17 wins and a loss.
PMJ Boxing Promotions director Gerald Lipikwe, whose stable is promoting the bout, said the bout will start in the afternoon and not at night as reported by some media houses.