SPORTS | BOXING
By Dadcorf Junior.
Felix Mwamaso, the once household name in the boxing arena in the northern region, proved critics wrong when he silenced his challenger, Yahaya Mwaipopa via a unanimous decision in a heavily contested eight round non-title bout staged at Obrigado leisure park in Mzuzu on Saturday.
The bout could probably be Mwamaso’s last preparatory (self-testing) match ahead of his scheduled middleweight title bout with Simon Cheta in Lilongwe next month.
Although Mwamaso failed to get the KO, his experience got the better of his challenger throughout the match as on numerous occasions, Yahaya was being forced to retreat.
Prior to the bout, Mwamaso has promised his fans to prepare for a knock-out by the fourth round; a feat that was never achieved.
So, by the end of it all, all the three judges, Sylvester Rajab, Pongolani Vumu, and Stanley Banda had scored for Mwamaso as the overall conqueror.
Speaking in a post-bout interview, Felix Mwamaso hailed his opponent for enduring his jabs and said Yahaya is coming of age.
“Yahaya is good; this is not what I expected. He will help our city in terms of Boxing. I thank him for coming out here to give me a good fight. This will also help me prepare for the next fight against Simeon Cheta,” he praised.
But on a rather sad note, Mwamaso cried foul over the dilapidated state of the bout venue; Obrigado Leisure Park.
“The ring in Mzuzu is not conducive for professional boxing. I appeal for the boxing fans to do something about it, otherwise, this is going to kill the sport in the city,” said Mwamaso.
Just before the main bout, the ring that is made of (now rotten) wooden planks could not hold the pressure being piled unto it; an occurrence that delayed the bout for close to ten minutes as officials tried to ‘resuscitate’ it (the ring).
On his part, Yahaya Mwaipopa expressed satisfaction over judges’s score and felt jovial as he had proved critics wrong by losing through points.
“It’s about win, lose or draw, but given time and chance I think I can do it. Felix is an experienced boxer. Many thought I would not survive all these rounds. So this was a test of my future and it looks promising,” said he.
In the boxing fiesta that was sponsored by Baghdad Mwamlima Boxing promotions, there were other scintillating supporting fights. Stevie Mwase lost to Charles Mwachelera via a 40 seconds TKO, Wakisa Ng’ambi passing through Friday Mkandawire on points, while George Nyalungwe and Tutla Maluanga’s bout ended in a no contest.
This was the first boxing fiesta to be staged in Mzuzu this year.