In what may be the first-ever professional bout involving soldiers, Crispin Moliati has vowed to get a third straight win over Wilson Masamba as the two come face-to-face this afternoon in a 10-round non-title bout at Los Angles Club in Area 14, Lilongwe.
Moliati outclassed Masamba in their two previous fights with the last in the presence of the late president Bingu wa Mutharika in February last year and would like to get it right again.
After that fight, they both joined the military training.
Pride is what could be at stake here, but there is also a cool K 100 000 (about $285) for the winner courtesy of Ngwenyama Boxing Promotions.
Moliati said he is set to humiliate Masamba again.
“He [Masamba] is past his prime and I will prove that to him. He was a good boxer once, but now he is spent force.
“This is my time and I will humiliate him so that the country gets to know who is a better boxer between us,” said Moliati who is being trained by retired Lieutenant Colonel Jalare.
Masamba admitted that Moliati is one of the boxers who gives him tough time, but vowed to stop him this time around.
“ I am a changed boxer since I finished my military training. I am focused and disciplined and my jabs have a lot of power. I have also improved on endurance and am set to reclaim my superiority. He won’t even finish the sixth round,” declared Masamba.
Masamba was being trained by two foreign trainers, one from Tanzania and another from DRC.
And tomorrow, there will be more boxing fun in Mzuzu as Kenneth Chinthenga returns to the ring with a fight against Felix Mwamaso who is making his professional debut at Obrigado Leisure Centre.
The fight has been organised by Northern Region Boxing Committee (NRC) to expose Mwamaso to the rigours of professional boxing.
Vendor Metal and General Contractors (MVGC) are sponsoring the bout.
“Apart from giving Mwamaso a professional debut, we also want to provide fun to sports lovers in Mzuzu.
“The Super League is over and people will lack entertainment. Mzuzu residents love boxing and Chinthenga has fans here. It is promising to be a great fight,” said MVGC director Bernard Mauluka.
For Chinthenga, the fight will help him relaunch his career and bring him more sponsors.
“People started counting me out after the loss to Zimbabwean Takudzwa Kuchocha. Promoters have been shunning me.
“But now I want to show the country that Chinthenga is still good. I am grateful to NRBC for giving me the opportunity to relaunch my career,” said Chinthenga yesterday.
In supporting bouts, Mwawi Kamanga will face Amos Nkhata while Ernest Msoliza will face Laston Kayira, according to Mauluka.