Malawi Defence Force (MDF) boxer Salimu Chazama on Sunday proved too hot for his challenger Laston Kayira at the M1 Centre Point in Lilongwe.
Kayira failed to live up to his verbal onslaught on Chazama prior to the fight and surrendered in the fourth round of their eight-round non-title bout after being knocked down twice.
The aggressive Chazama pinned the Mzuzu-based Kayira to the ropes from round one with body punches and upper cuts. The fact that Kayira, who was on retreat during muchof the fight, managed to reach the fourth round was due to endurance as he received most of the punishment in the first round.
Chazama’s energy levels and aggressiveness were amazing considering that he fought a Tanzanian top boxer a fortnight ago.
“I am glad to have carried the day. I wanted to silence those people with bad minds against me. It was sweeter to have won a TKO [technical knockout]. He spoke tough prior to the fight, challenging my capability but now I guess he won’t challenge me again,” he said.
Chazama has now turned his focus on Chrispin Moliati to retain the national lightweight belt.
“He is holding my belt and I need it back. Promoters should get set and promote this fight. I need my belt,”he said.
Kayira, who appeared confused after the fight, attributed the loss to hallucinations.
“I will challenge him again,” said Kayira who had a swollen in the face.
Ngwenyama Boxing Promotions director Patrick Ngwenyama described the outcome as fair.
“It was a good fight but I think Kayira was not prepared. He lost the plot and didn’t know how to respond to Chazama prowess,” he said.
He, however, blamed the media for misleading people that the fight was cancelled.
“It was painful that some media outlets reported that the fight was off. That affected the attendance,” said Ngwenyama.