The hype and tough talk that charecterised the non-title super lightweight bout between Salimu Chazama and Ernest Msoliza will be defined this afternoon at Kamuzu Institute for Sports when the two boxers take to the ring in an eight-round fight.
At stake is a K100 000 (about $200) winner’s ‘pompo pompo’ purse whereas the loser will get K80 000 (about $160).
The winner will also get an automatic right to challenge Osgood Kayuni.
According to New Dawn Boxing Promotions director Mike Chimaliza, all is set and a number of supporting bouts have been lined up including the one featuring Chrispin Moliati and Robert Kachize.
“The first reason for a rematch is public demand. The first fight ended in a draw. We need to find out the better fighter between the two because both of them have defeated all boxers before, but they had never met in a professional bout.
“Their maiden fight on May 11 2014 ended in a draw. Now it is time to find out who is who?” said Chimaliza.
Chazama, 21, who is rated as one of the most promising boxers on the domestic scene, got a real test of his pedigree last winter when Msoliza gave him a good run for his money.
Chazama boasts an enviable record of 14 wins and a draw since he turned professional in 2012 and, ironically, that draw was the controversial bout against Msoliza.
“I was robbed of the initial fight and this time I will be out to get it over and done with,” said Chazama.
But Msoliza, who is based in Mzuzu is unfazed by Chazama’s tough talk, saying he will do the talking in the ring.
Msoliza, 22, claims to have fought 10 bouts since he turned professional early last year, winning five, drawing four and losing one.
“I have only lost to Charles Misanjo since I turned professional,” said Msoliza, who is training twice a day in sessions lasting three hours.