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Malawian boxer Yamikani Mkandawire loses ABU title bout via Tanzanian Tony Rashid’s knockout

The country’s budding bantamweight boxer Yamikani Mkandawire’s dream for an international title decoration suffered a setback after Tanzania’s Tony Rashid knocked him less than a minute into the second round.

The country’s budding bantamweight boxer Yamikani Mkandawire’s dream for an international title decoration suffered a setback after Tanzania’s Tony Rashid knocked him less than a minute into the second round.

African Boxing Union (ABU) sanctioned title fight took place on Friday night in the popular port city of Dar el Salaam, Tanzania.

Incessant punches from Rashid, ranked 51 rained heavily on the face of Mkandawire, ranked 561 in the bantam weight category.

At the stroke of first round, Mkandawire had already suffered massive bruises on his face due to the dangerous jabs let in from his opponent.

Rashid mercilessly pounded Mkandawire as the two boxers boxed in the second round, forcing the bout to end prematurely as the Malawian threw in the towel.

His trainer Leonard Metazama faulted his boxer for lacking composure from the onset saying that gave his opponent a leeway to do all he wanted.

“My boxer received a lot of dangerous jabs from the opponent and did little to retaliate hence this miserable and embarrassing defeat.

All this can be summed up in three words “he lacked composure from the start”, Metazama said.

Coach Leonard Metazama accompanied Mkandawire to Tanzania and said the Malawian boxer was not composed from the start.

The bantamweight category comprises of boxers whose weight is not more than 55 Kilogrammes.

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