The Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB) has slapped heavyweight boxer Alick Gogodo with a three-month ban for being at the centre of a fist-fight involving his compatriots during a party in Namibia after their international bouts.
According to MPBCB president Lonzoe Zimba, the board’s investigation has found that Gogodo, under the influence of alcohol, insulted and pounced on his compatriots Robert Kachiza, Tinkhani Kamanga and Chikondi Makawa a day after being knocked-out in the ring by a Namibian opponent.
Zimba said this means Gogodo, who was among six local boxers from various stables that No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions and Zimbabwe’s Delta Force Boxing Academy sent to Namibia for international exposure, will miss boxing bouts for six months because he is also serving a three-month prohibition due to the knockout defeat he suffered in Namibia, as per the boxing rules.
“We had a disciplinary hearing last weekend when we noted that Gogodo was the only one in the wrong and what he did in the foreign land embarrassed the whole nation. Discipline is very important in boxing, so he has to serve a three-month ban,” Zimba said.
“However, he will be out of boxing for six months as he is also forbidden from bouts for another three months following his recent knockout defeat in Namibia.”
Gogodo could not be reached for his comment yesterday.
The fist-fight prompted No Pain No Gain Promotions chief executive officer Craig Rousseau to declare that local boxers will have to be passing psychological tests before being considered for international bouts. n