The much-talked-about eight-round non-title bouts between Lilongwe and Blantyre boxers ended in a stalemate at the Blantyre Youth Centre (BYC) on Monday.
Blantyre’s Malani Kayuni was defeated by Marshal Ali on points in their light welterweight fight, but the commercial city avenged the loss through Aubrey Masamba’s victory over Robert Kachiza in the bantamweight category.
The deadlock was maintained after Mwayi Banda and Aklass Mchombo settled for a draw while a bout between Philemon Nkhakamila Banda and Hajson Mkoka was declared a no-contest in the second round.
Nkhakamila could not continue the fight after sustaining a cut on his upper eyelid which bled profusely. The deep cut resulted from his accidental head-butt with Mkoka as he attempted to duck a punch.
One of the judges Mbachichi Nyirenda said according to boxing rules, a bout has to be declared a no-contest whenever one boxer is considered unfit due to an unexpected accident before the fourth round.
The bouts were organised by Fast Boxing Promotions in conjunction with Power House Boxing Promotions.
“Our target is to help a new breed of boxers make names in the local boxing arena. This is just a starting point in our journey to expose up-and-coming boxers to a larger audience. However, we also squeeze in some experienced boxers to add flavour to our bouts,” Kapanga said.
According to Kapanga, the boxers shared an undisclosed amount of money from gate collections.