It is now official. Wellington Balakasi will fight Tanzanian boxer Allan Kamote in a WBF intercontinental lightweight title bout at Robinâ€™s Park in Blantyre on September 28.
Kamote signed the contract a fortnight ago, when he arrived in the country, but Balakasi only signed on Sunday because he was undergoing training at the Malawi Defence Force (MDF).
Balakasi finalised the deal at Motel Paradise on the sidelines of the international non-title bout between Mussa Ajibu and another Tanzanian Saidi Mbelwa.
â€œI am more than ready to win my first international title. I promise not to disappoint Malawians. All I will need on the day is the support from the fans,â€ said Balakasi, who has a record of 10 wins and two losses.
Initially, Ngumi Boxing Promotions gave the title bout against Kamote to Osgood Kayuni, but they later paired him with Balakasi after Kayuni joined military training.
According to Ngumi director Steven Msiska, Balakasi was a better substitute as he beat Kayuni who had triumphed over Kamote in a non-title bout a few months ago. Kamote has won 18 bouts (including nine TKOs), drawn four and lost five.
Meanwhile, Ngumi Boxing Promotions have lined up veterans Tar Baby Bazuka Maseko and Chikoya Mphande as curtain-raisers.
At the same venue, Agnes Mtimaukanena is expected to defend her WBF title against Ugandan Shabila Namaaga while Charles Misanjo will square up against Limbani Masamba in a lightweight title defence.