The International Boxing Federation (IBF) has chosen the Malawi Professional Boxing Committee (MPBC) general secretary Daudi Chikwanje to be among the judges at three international title bouts.
The IBF headquarters in the US has assigned Chikwanje a title bout in Tanzania on April 28, in Ethiopia on May 1 and in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on May 5.
Chikwanje will be the country’s second boxing official to be in charge of bouts organised by a high-profile boxing body after referee-cum-parliamentarian Jerome Waluza took charge of a Universal Boxing Organisation (UBO) super middleweight title fight between Tanzanians Francis Cheka and Karama Nyilawila in Dar es Salaam on September 29, last year.
Chikwanje is expected to leave the country on April 24. The IBF will provide him with a return air ticket, subsistence allowance and accommodation.
“I am happy that doors for local boxing officials are opening up on the international stage. This is a big boost for Malawi boxing. It shows that our work is now appreciated globally,” said Chikwanje.
He added that his call for international duties has come at a right time when his body, the MPBC, has finally seceded from the Malawi Boxing Association (Maba).
Chikwanje obtained the World Boxing Council (WBC) and the African Boxing Union (ABU) boxing judging licence in Zambia in 2011.