Ngwenyama Boxing Promotions have announced that boxing fans will be allowed to watchOsgood The Punisher Kayuni versus Byson Fuso fighter Gwayani at M1 Centre Point today following an injunction obtained by some musicians on Thursday halting enforcement of a ban on gatherings of more than 100 people to curb Covid-19.
Malawi Government this week reintroduced the restrictions after a jump in confirmed cases of the virus.
“The injunction means all social public gatherings lined up across the country can go on. We encourage boxing fans to come and watch their favourite sport as two of popular boxers fight on Sunday at M1 Centre. But we encourage them to mask up upon entry at the venue. Let’s all observe to save lives,” said pomoter Patrick Ngwenyama.
Kayuni, who last fought in 2019, is returning to the same venue he lost to Isaac Kam’mwamba. Kayuni lost the fight through retirement in round 9 of a scheduled 10 -rounds.
“I am happy that the fans will be allowed to watch the fight. I want to show Malawians that Kayuni is still a strong boxer. My physique is good so too my sharpness. I have been looking after myself and training hard. I am ready to return to the ring and revive my career. It will be good to do so in front of fans,” he said in an interview.
Kayuni since turning professional in 2006 has 27 fights, winning 16, losing 8 and drawing three.
His opponent Gwayani has fought 17 times since turning professional in 2016. He has won 11 and lost six.
In November 2018, he won the national lightweight championship after beating Salimu Chazama, but lost it to Hannock Phiri five months later.
Gwayani too is excited to fight in front of fans and he said he will put up a grand performance.
“When you are in the ring and you see the fans, you get inspired and excited. It’s the fans that brings the best out of you,” he said.
In an interview, Gwayani said his opponent should expect a tough fight.
“I am fighting a very rusty boxer, but he has great experience and that is the only plus on him. I don’t think he will last the distance. I am ready to knock him out and send him into retirement,” he said.
Promoter Patrick Ngwenyama said it would be a big mistake for Gwayani to underestimate Kayuni.
“I have watched him [Kayuni] train at Kamuzu Barracks. He is still lethal and in very good shape. I know Gwayani is a good boxer. But It will be wise for Gwayani not to underate Kayuni. It will be a great mistake,” he said.
Both boxers carry a heavy punch and are good at evading punches.
In other fights on the day Yohane Banda taken on Grey Chikwampero, Robert Kachiza faces Buda Chikoko, Yobe Kanyonya versus Alick Mbemba and Ringman Makwinja exchange blows with Holace Kazembe.