Mzuzu, Hundreds of boxing fans who flocked to Obrigado Leisure Park in Mzuzu Sunday for an international bout between a Malawian and Tanzanian boxers had a sad awakening to learn that the visitor failed to come.
Promoter of the bout Phillip Ngwira said Amos Mwamlanda made a u-turn upon arrival at Songwe Border post after learning that his father had become seriously ill.
The bout involving Malawian Laston Kaira had attracted a record crowd following massive publicity.
As spectators, who had paid K2, 000 entry fee, were enjoying some supporting bouts in readiness for the main cast.
Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board’s Gibson Chisale appeared in the ring to apologize to the boxing fans.
I would like to apologize to you for coming to this bout that Kane One Boxing Promotions has organized. We are unable to showcase the international bout because the Tanzanian boxer has failed to come because his father has fallen sick back home in Tanzania. He returned at the border, he clarified.
After the announcement, murmurs could be heard among the fans who felt they had been duped and that perhaps the supporting bouts they had watched might have been the main bouts.
Relief prevailed when the promoters announced that a Lilongwe based boxer Byson Gweyani had been roped in to fill the void left by the Tanzanian boxer.
The promoter spoke highly of Gweyani saying he is equally a good boxer and that people would still enjoy a nice bout between him and Kaira.
Indeed the Lilongwe boxer did not take time to sway the fans with his nice ducking and precise jabs at Kaira in the first round where he nearly floored the veteran.
In the third and fourth rounds, the whole leisure park was in a high mood of cheering for Gweyani who was on top of his game with his well-executed blows on Kaira.
Except from Kaira’s endurance, the young boxer outplayed the veteran and no wonder he left him on the canvas twice in the fifth round with his powerful right hooks.
At the end of the bout, all the three judges voted in favour of the young Gweyani and Kaira was left frustrated as he could not believe what the young man had done to him.
Gweyani expressed excitement for the win while Kaira said this was just a training fight as he was expected to leave the country for Namibia just after the bout to fight another international bout there.
Despite the Tanzanian’s failure to show up for the bout, in Gweyani, fans were treated to an equally interesting bout as they hailed the young man’s nice boxing antics.
Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA