In line with World Boxing Council system of paying boxers, New Dawn Boxing Promotions has announced that welterweight champion Limbani Masamba will receive more money than his challenger Chimwemwe Chiotcha.
Masamba will get K170 000 ($175) regardless of the outcome of the fight while Chiotcha will get K100 000 (about $250) when the two face each other next Sunday at the Kamuzu Institute for Sports in Lilongwe.
“The international standard boxing arrangement is that the belt holder should get more than the challenger. In this case, Masamba is the champion and must get more. Both boxers agreed to the arrangement,” said New Dawn Boxing Promotions director Michael Chimaliza who has organised the fight.
The whole event, which will see boxing fans feast on five bouts, including two professional fights, has been budgeted at K800 000 (about $20 000).
In a separate interview, Chiotcha said he is not put off by the money as his main objective is the belt.
“For me, money comes second as my eyes are on the belt. I want the belt badly and that is why I wanted this fight. Much as I could have loved the money to be on the higher side, I am happy that the fight is finally on,” said Chiotcha.
Chiotcha’s trainer retired lieutenant colonel Godfrey Jalare has predicted an exciting fight.
“Not because I am training him, but because he is a seasoned fighter with skill and powerful punches. We just have to work on his ring attitude. He needs to be calm and not rough as he has been in the past.
“Chimwemwe is a good fighter, but sometimes he lets emotion guide him. We will work on ensuring that he is calm and throw clean punches and not wild ones,” said Jalare.