MPBCB to Allow Boxers Play International Matches Amid COVID-19
Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board says it will allow its boxers to play international fights despite that sports activities are still on hold in the country.
MPBCB President Lonzo Zimba told us there has been strong interest from neighboring countries in Malawian boxers but the board will only allow the boxers to travel to countries that have allowed resumption of sports activities.
"Professional boxing is business for our boxers that's where they make their living and that of their relatives, we cannot stand on their way.
"We will continue clearing them to travel for fights as we are waiting for the resumption of sports activities in the country.
"Other countries have now started opening up and sports is now in progress so we will not stop them," Zimba said.
Meanwhile, South Africa based Malawian matchmaker Rodgers Kumwenda has advised local boxers to exercise caution when accepting international fights as some fights could be very risky due to inactivity of sports in the country.
This comes after Super bantamweight boxer Yamikani Mkandawire on Friday lost to Tanzanian Tony Rashid through a technical knockout in the second round of the Africa Boxing Union-ABU title bout held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
The embarrassing defeat raised questions of the standards of boxing in the country as most boxers do not do well in international fights.