After being out of the limelight for almost two years since his loss to Zimbabwean Takudwa Kuchocha, lightweight boxer Kenneth Chinthenga returns to the ring on Monday in Mzuzu.
Chinthenga will face Felix Mwamaso who is making his professional debut at Obrigado Leisure Centre in the city.
The fight has been organised by Northern Region Boxing Committee (NRC) to expose Mwamaso to the rigours of professional boxing.
Vendor Metal and General Contractors (MVGC) are sponsoring the bout to the tune of K100 000 (about $285).
“Apart from giving Mwamaso a professional berth, we also want to provide fun to Mzuzu. The Super League is over and people will lack entertainment. Mzuzu residents love boxing and Chinthenga has fans here. It is promising to be a great fight,” said MVGC director Bernard Mauluka in a telephone interview from Mzuzu.
For Chinthenga, the fight will help him relaunch his career and bring him more sponsors.
“People started counting me out after the loss to Kuchocha. Promoters have been shunning me. But now I want to show the country that Chinthenga is still good. I am grateful to Northern Region Boxing Committee for giving me the opportunity to relaunch my career,” said Chinthenga yesterday.
“I have recovered both emotionally and physically and ready to take on anyone. I have been training with Mr. Mankhwala at the Lilongwe Community Centre ground. I am in great shape and will finish Mwamanso off with a knock-out. But for the sake of my fans, I will let him reach round five,” he said.
In supporting bouts, Mwawi Kamanga will fight Amos Nkhata while Ernest Msolize will face Laston Kayira, according to Mauluka.