Amateur middleweight champion Chikondi Makawa has urged Mzuzu boxer Amos Nkhata to train hard to avoid humiliation before his home crowd on Sunday.
The two are scheduled to fight in a 10-round non-title professional bout at the Obligado Leisure Park in Mzuzu, courtesy of promoters Dunstain Nyamazi and Philip Ngwira of Ken-One Metal Works.
But Nkhata told The Nation on Tuesday he is neither intimidated nor losing sleep over the fight. He said he is focusing his attention on training to frustrate Makawa.
Said Makawa: “I am popularly known as mtengo wa minga. Nkhata should shut his mouth because I will punish him for his lack of respect.
“This will be my first professional fight in history, but before earning my amateur middleweight title from 2009 to 2013, I defeated Chifundo Upindi, Christopher Yusuf, Collins Kazembe, Bright Mdoka, Amos Nkhata and many others,” he said.
“People should come in large numbers to watch one of the best fights,” Makawa said.
Nkhata’s coach Gabriel Kondowe on Tuesday said his boxer has intensified training and is confident of doing well as he is just fresh from knocking down a Tanzanian opponent, Yaya Mwayipopa.
“My boy is eager to fight and he is training hard to avenge the defeat he suffered at at the hands of Makawa at amateur level,” Kondowe said.