As hype builds up ahead of the non-title bout between Malawi Defence Force (MDF) boxers Wilson Masamba and Osgood Kayuni at Robin’s Park in Blantyre on September 24, Mulanje Last Boxing Promotions (MLBP) have put on the table K400 000 for the winner.
During the contract signing ceremony in Blantyre alongside one of the bout’s main sponsors Chombe Foods Limited on Saturday, MLBP director Mike ‘Bangwe One’ Chitenje said the loser will get K350 000.
“This is the first time that boxers will get such big amounts for a local fight and we have done this deliberately to motivate them so as to give boxing lovers a very entertaining bout,” he said. “The prizes might as well be increased depending on the support we will get from more corporate partners.”
Chombe Foods Limited sales and marketing manager Aubrey James Kapalamula said they are committed to promoting the sport and they will not leave MLBP alone.
Masamba and Kayuni, both 31, and will face-off for the first time in three years, have expressed satisfaction with the historic prize money, saying they will work hard in the gym to give out their best in the ring.
Kayuni triumphed in all their previous three meetings but—with the high-stakes—Masamba said he has been fired-up to end his opponent’s dominance.
“I cannot afford to miss the opportunity of taking home K400 000 after the bout. The prize is so tempting. Moreover, I am tired of plosing to Kayuni,” Masamba, who boasts 28 wins, six losses and a draw, said.
But Kayuni said Masamba will continue to be a loser as long as boxing promoters keep the prizes tempting.
“I am a man of few words but more action. The prize money is like fire that heats my desire to continue beating stubborn boxers such as Masamba,” said Kayuni, whose record stands at 25 wins, five losses and two draws.