Challenger Briane Mwando has successfully wrestled the super middleweight belt from Felix Mwamaso after earning an eighth-round retirement victory during a 12-round bout at Robin’s Park in Blantyre on Saturday.
Mwamaso gave up so easily after a jab to the chin in the eighth round.
Although Mwamaso was fond of holding his opponent, he built up an early lead and seemed to be landing the bigger punches.
However, Mwando, who has now acquired Malawian citizenship from being a Zimbabwean, came into the the game with some quick and hard combination punches that wore Mwamaso out.
“I am glad that I have finally won the national belt and I will fight hard to defend it,” said Mwando, whose record has now enhanced to 13 wins (seven TKOs) and six losses.
Mwamaso said he was not ready for the fight but he accepted to get into the ring for fear of facing a ban as he had to defend the title at the expiry of the mandated period of three months.
“I did not have ample time for training because I was having some differences with my promoter in terms of training allowances. I initially wanted to just surrender the belt but I accepted to fight for fear of ban. All the same, I congratulate Mwando for winning the bout,” Mwamaso said.
Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBC) spokesperson Frank Chibisa said they expected Mwamaso to be well prepared for the title defence after the 90-day period of holding the belt.