Stables reputation is at stake today when Super welterweight national champion Chikondi Makawa defends the title against Kudakwache Banda at M1 Centre Point in Lilongwe
Kudakwache belongs to New Dawn whereas Makawa belongs to No Pain No Gain and both stables have a reputation to protect.
Kudakwache is tall and has some powerful jabs. He is good with left and right combinations, but his weakness is the guard awareness and also a bit weak on footwork.
Makawa, too, boasts of powerful jabs. He is good on the feet and he is also good on guarding, but his height and no retreating nature might betray him.
No Pain No Gain chief executive officer Craig Rousseau had to engage the services of a professional Zimbabwean trainer Clyde Msonda to drill Makawa.
“We are leaving nothing to chance and we have worked on all areas that needed polishing up. My boxer is in great shape and we are keeping the belt come Sunday,” said Rousseau.
New Dawn director Mike Chimaliza was uncertain on his boxer’s preparations.
“He [Kudakwache] started training well under our coach Baptista Balaka, but in the final two weeks he just went absent. We don’t know where he is training. It is hard for me to predict the fight because preparations have been disturbed,” said Chimaliza. n