Malawi Defence Force (MDF) boxer Chimwemwe ‘Chipembere’ Chiotcha on Sunday knocked out his Tanzanian opponent Salei Mkwalekwa in round four at M1 Centre Point in Lilongwe.
Chiotcha’s sheer aggressiveness forced Mkwalekwa to resort to holding as early as round one and by the fourth round, he appeared wobbly.
Although the Tanzanian was good at evading punches, he could not deal with the bull-like charges of Chiotcha, who never let up but went for his opponent with a powerful combination of punches.
By round three, the Tanzanian had kissed the canvas twice not as a result of punches, but entanglement. It became more of a street fight than professional boxing.
Before entering the fourth round, Mkwalekwa gestured to his corner men to end the fight, but they urged him on.
Midway through the round he surrendered as he had suffered knocks on his knees meaning Chiotcha won through retirement.
In an interview after the fight, Mkwalekwa said he was put under a spell.
“It was like I was freezing and under some kind of juju spell. I failed to throw punches and I could not move properly. It was not normal,” he said through an interpreter.
However, Mkwaleka has challenged Chiotcha for a rematch in Tanzania.
Prior to Sunday’s bout, the Tanzanian had 19 wins, a single loss and no draw.
While for Chiotcha he has now won all his 16 fights.
“After sizing him up in the first round I knew it would be a walk-over. I am a serious fighter and I train hard. He should not be making accusations of juju. I am just good,” he said.
Chiotcha has since appealed to his promoter Jason Bowler to organise title fights for him.
“It’s high time I fought an international title fight. I am tired of fighting small boxers,” he said.
The promoter said he was impressed with Chiotcha.
“He is a good boxer and after watching him today I am impressed,” said Bowler.