Promising boxer Israel Kam’mwamba has secured a Commonwealth Boxing Council (CBC) Africa lightweight title bout against Nigerian Oto ‘Joe Boy’ Joseph to be staged in Lagos on October 1.
The boxer’s manager Craig Rousseau said the 10-round fight has been organised by Skykite Boxing Promotions of Nigeria and will be beamed live on GOtv.
Nicknamed ‘Money Machine’, the unbeaten Kam’mwamba is one of the brightest boxing prospects on the local scene with an impressive record of eight wins (five knockouts) and a draw.
“This is a golden opportunity for Israel to showcase his talents to a wider audience. He is one of the most promising and passionate boxers that I have worked with and I am happy that this opportunity has come through,” said Rousseau.
He said Kam’mwamba is mentally and physically set for the bout.
“We have done a good homework on his opponent, including assessing his strengths and weaknesses in his previous six bouts on Youtube.
“He [‘Joe Boy’] is sort of a rough boxer and with good techniques and side steps, I am certain Israel will come out triumphant,” said Rousseau.
Kam’mwamba said he is looking forward to ending local-based male boxers’ 20-year international title drought.
“I am raring to go. I want to make a name for myself and put Malawi on the map. That is my ultimate goal.
“The other thing is that I do not want to dent my unbeaten record. My manager has been very supportive by providing me with everything that I need and there is nothing more I can ask for,” said the 22-year-old boxer who is rated two-star.
About two months ago, Kam’mwamba’s fight for a vacant East and Central African Professional Boxing Federation (ECAPBF) lightweight title against Tanzanian Francis Muyeyusho in Dar es Salaam ended in a controversial draw and Kam’mwamba claimed to have been robbed of victory.
His Nigerian opponent boasts a 100 percent record of eight wins, including four knockouts and has a one and a half-star rating.
According to Rousseau, Kam’mwamba is set to depart for Lagos either on September 25 or 26 accompanied by Zambian coach Clyde Musonda. n