Prominent Malawi Defence Force (MDF) boxers Osgood Kayuni and Salimu Chazama on Saturday registered mixed results in their non-title international bouts at National Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Kayuni lost on points in his six-round international welterweight fight against Ramadan Shauri while Chazama settled for a stalemate with Tanga Said Mundi during a super lightweight bout.
In an interview on Sunday, Kayuni said he was disappointed to lose the fight but blamed judges for favouring his opponent.
“I dominated the fight and most of the fans thought that I deserved to win. Just imagine there were some boos of dissatisfaction around the venue when my opponent was declared winner,” he said.
But Kayuni said he will put the loss behind and focus ahead: “I need to quickly move on. The defeat is now water under the bridge. I have to quickly plan and train hard for my next fights ahead.”
According to Zama Boxing Promotions managing director Precious Matipwiri, the Malawian boxers performed well and he alleged that they were robbed of victory.
“The performance of our boxers was good but they were robbed of victory. They did well, especially, in the last four rounds,” Matipwiri said.
“However, next time before fighting outside the country, our training should focus much on knockouts so as to yield positive results.”
The poor results come few days after other Malawi boxers Limbani Masamba and Anisha Bashir suffered knockout defeats during their African Boxing Union (ABU) title bouts on the sidelines of the ABU convention at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe.
Masamba got knocked out in the very first round of their 12-round encounter against Zambia-based Congolese pugilist Mbiya Nkanku while Bashir lost on points to Zambian Lorita Muzeya.