Malawi’s prominent female boxer Agnes Mtimaukanena-Mwando has vowed to earn her first-ever knockout win on Friday evening when she takes on Kenyan opponent Consolata Musanga during an eight-round non-title bout at Robin’s Park in Blantyre.
The former World Boxing Federation (WBF) light middleweight champion, whose record indicates seven wins, two draws and two losses, had been criticised for lack of firepower in her previous bouts that saw her losing numerous opportunities of plucking knockout victories.
During her last fight against clueless Tanzanian challenger Mariam Salietel in October, the 24-year-old dominated the bout, but she failed to land some telling jabs that could drop down her opponent.
Nevertheless, she feels she will down Musanga, who has three wins (one KO), two draws and a loss.
“My fans should expect a knockout win this time around. I have been building my strength and I am now ready to deliver. Forget about the Agnes of old. I have upped my game and I have come with renewed vigour,” she said.
Mtimaukanena-Mwando added that she would use tomorrow’s match, organised by Alufandika Boxing Promotions, to gauge her strength for the forthcoming World Boxing Council (WBC) title bout against Zambian Lorita Muzeya, who knocked out her compatriot Anisha Bashir in the fourth round in Lusaka last Saturday.
Mtimaukanena-Mwando’s husband Briane will face Mzuzu-based Mwayi Kamanga in an eight-round curtain-raiser.
Yohane Banda and Emmanuel Chimanga will take on Lameck Chikoma and Romeo Chikoko respectively. n