Malawi Defence Force boxer Wilson ‘Shasha’ Masamba on Sunday officially signed up for Malawi Boxing Associating (Maba), dumping the Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB).
Masamba joined Mussa Ajibu, Chimwemwe Chiotcha, Dan Lombola, Jobson Adams, Limbani Lano, Louis Nkhata and Alick Mwenda on the list of boxers that have dumped MPBCB.
“I am done with MPBCB and gone back to Maba. This is my final decision and I am not turning back. I believe I can be a better boxer with Maba and my prospects look promising,” said Masamba on Sunday when he got a certificate of acceptance from Maba professional boxing department chairperson Daudi Chikwanje in Lilongwe on Sunday.
Masamba said he has already written MPBCB management on his switch to Maba.
Chikwanje while welcoming Masamba in the fold warned him against instability.
“Last time you joined us and returned to MPBCB, but this time around if you happen to leave us again, there will be no second chance. The door will be closed. We need serious boxers,” said Chikwanje.
Mwenda, who is in the country on holiday from his military assignment in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), also committed his future to Maba.
“It is a personal choice and no one has forced me. I am more comfortable working with Maba than MPBCB. Once I am fully back my fights will be under Maba,” said Mwenda.
Daudi has since assured the boxers that they are eligible to fight under World Boxing Council (WBC), World Boxing Organisation (WBO), International Boxing Federation (IBO) or World Boxing Federation (WBF).
“We have that mandate from Aiba and there is no limit as to affiliations. We are also registered under Malawi National Council of Sports and we will send professional boxers to the Olympics,” said Chikwanje.
MPBCB president Lonzoe Zimba said he is aware of the development, but not officially.
“I cannot say much on the issue now because we have heard about it verbally, but we are waiting for official communication from Maba president. After that we will react,” said Zimba. n