South Africa-based Malawian blossoming female boxer Ellen Simwaka’s dream to become the Commonwealth bantamweight champion came to a heartbreaking end on Saturday night when she lost to Scottish Kristen Fraser.
The 22-year-old Malawian surrendered in the sixth of the scheduled 10 rounds at the DoubleTree by Hilton Aberdeen Treetops Hotel in Aberdeen, Scotland.
In a WhatsApp interview from Scotland after the fight, the reigning international bantamweight champion wrote: “I retired in the sixth round because I was not feeling well as the bout progressed.
“But I will pick myself up and bounce back stronger.”
Her manager Stephen Castle said the boxer retired after she got hurt by “body shots” in the fourth round.
This was the fifth straight victory for the 30-year-old undefeated Fraser who becomes the first Scottish female professional boxer to win a Commonwealth belt.
Following the loss, Simwaka’s record now stands at seven wins, (five knockouts), five losses (two KOs) and a draw.
Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB) president Lonzoe ‘Defector’ Zimba said Simwaka was up against a good boxer.
“Her opponent is undefeated and that speaks volumes about her class and for Ellen to go up to sixth round, it demonstrates her great potential,” he said. n