Malawian boxers Limbani Masamba and Anisha Bashil—who have been in camp in Zimbabwe and South Africa for the past six months—have promised their fans nothing short of victory in their respective bouts this Friday night.
Masamba squares up against Mbiya Nkanku of the Oriental Boxing Promotions stable, Zambia, in the main bout for the vacant African Boxing Union super welterweight title while female boxer, Bashil, hopes to wrap the national welterweight belt around her waist after a 12-round tussle with compatriot Agnes Mtimaukanena-Mwando.
Their matches are some of the highlights of a rich card that has four other fights being.
The tournament will be held on the sidelines of the historic ABU Convention at the Bingu International Conference Centre (Bicc) in Lilongwe.
Masamba is upbeat about the forthcoming assignment and in an interview in Harare yesterday, he declared that “the belt is mine”.
His confidence stems from an intensive training regime that he has been subjected to under the tutelage of Delta Force Boxing Academy in Harare, courtesy of a twinning arrangement with No pain No Gain (NPNG).
And to ensure that he is a polished boxer come the day of the fight, his handlers further took him to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he enjoyed the privilege of better training facilities and more competent sparring partners.
“I am in great shape and nothing is going to stop me from clinching that title which I know is my stepping stone to international stardom,” said the boxer who has triumphed in 20 of his 25 professional fights.