Chrispine Moliati’s dream to win the Universal Boxing Organisation (UBO) lightweight belt was dashed on Saturday evening when he lost to Tanzanian Cosmos Cheka.
He lost on points after managing to last all the 12 rounds.
There were mixed results for other Malawian boxers on the same evening as Mussa Ajibu and Alick Gogodo secured knocked out wins while veteran Wilson Masamba lost.
According to broker of the fights, Steve Mawenzi Msiska, the sole female Malawian representative Eneless Khwanthi drew with Lulu Kayage in a non-title welterweight bout.
Msiska reported that Ajibu knocked out Alphonce Mchumiatumba in round six of his heavyweight non-title fight at the National Stadium Indoor Arena in Dar es Salaam.
Gogodo managed to secure victory over Ashrafi Selemani in three rounds of the super heavyweight category.
Masamba reportedly found it tough against Jonas Segutz.
Meanwhile, there are contradicting reports as to how Masamba lost the fight with Msiska saying he was knocked out in round six while local promoter Craig Rousseau, who also watched the fights, posted on WhatsApp that he lost on points.
Analysing the bouts, Msiska said he was impressed with the Malawians’ performance considering that they rarely win through knockouts.
“Overall we performed impressively. If Moliati had won the belt it could have been an icing on the cake,” he said.
Reacting to the victory, Ajibu said he was pleased because it came during his low moment following his failure to fight in Zimbabwe in April.