No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions chief executive officer Craig Rousseau has advised super welterweight boxer Charles Misanjo to deal with fighting ‘dirty’ boxers if he is to excel in international bouts.
This comes after Misanjo succumbed to dirty tactics of Congolese-born pugilist Mbiya Kanku during their eight-round non-title international bout in Zambia last Saturday.
The Malawian boxer was leading on points in the first three rounds, but he retired in the fourth-round in protest to his opponent’s tendency of landing illegal punches behind his head.
According to Rousseau, they were shocked to see Misanjo refusing to continue fighting after a rough punch on the back of his head that gave his opponent an automatic win.
“Misanjo needs to change his attitude towards ‘dirty’ boxers if he is to make a big name on the international stage. It is better to lose on knockout [KO] than on retirement,” said Rousseau.
“What he did was killing his international boxing career because promoters avoid engaging such boxers in lucrative fights.
“Boxers need to handle all kinds of pressure in the ring. If you only expect clean fights, you cannot survive in boxing. We will try our best to adjust him to such environment.”
This was not the first time for the boxer, whose record stands at eight defeats (six KOs) and seven wins (five KOs), to lose on retirement as he apparently did the same during his fight against Osgood Kayuni.
Misanjo, who could not be reached for comment yesterday, was among three local boxers that carried Malawi’s flag in international bouts in Zambia last weekend under No Pain No Gain Boxing Promotions and Zimbabwe’s Delta Force Boxing Academy.
Aubrey Masamba and female boxer Anisha Bashir suffered knockout defeats in the second-round and fourth-round respectively. n