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Badilisha Lugha KISWAHILI

Cheka back in boxing ring

18th March 2014
Francis Cheka

Francis Cheka will be back into the PTA Hall boxing ring in Dar es Salaam on April 5 to face Russian Valery Brudov if the recent agreement between Mawenzi Focus International Limited and suspended promoter Jay Msangi will be effective.

The named firm has taken over from suspended Jay Msangi of Hall of Fame boxing promotions who were earlier supposed to organise the international bout.
Confirming the latest development over the bout that was hanging in balance, the firm’s operations manager Musa Kova assured the president of Tanzania Professional Boxing Federation (TPBF) Chatta Michael and boxer Francis Cheka that Msangi could not continue organising the event as he is committed to other issues.
“For the sake and love of boxing in the country the new company will take over and orgamise the bout between pitting Cheka and Brudov from Russia”, he said.
Msangi declined to unveil what keeps him busy and said he will provide his services to the new organisers only if asked. 
Kova said his company is delighted to organise the international event and said it will be a very big challenge, but promised to deliver.
He said they decided to venture into boxing promotions after seeing that the country has many talented boxers but they lack good guidance and promotion.
“We are new in this field, may I ask those who have been in this industry for a long time to help us, it’s my hope that we will deliver as expected”, he said.
TPBF president Michael said the coming of Mawenzi company will help in improving the image of professional boxing in the country.
He also praised Msangi for allowing Mawenzi Company the bout organising responsibility describing it as good to the development of boxing.
Cheka thanked Mawenzi from taking over the organisation of the bout and promised to work hard to silence his opponent.
He also disclosed that to keep himself ready for the bout, he left for Nairobi to train ahead of the event.
Msangi was early this year suspended by the National Sports Council (NSC) from organising any international bout. He was banned due to his failure to pay 13m/- to boxers Cheka and visiting America Phil Williams who clashed on August 30. The boxing duo contested for WBF Super middleweight title bout at the Diamond Jubilee Hall in Dar es Salaam.
The government gave Msangi conditions to fulfill before he organises any international event. The conditions were that he is supposed to present to the government a contract between him and the boxers, deposit money meant for boxers’ payment to the government account (NSC) or to the account of Tanzania Professional Boxing Federation (TPBF) or the account of   Pugilistic Syndicate of Tanzania (PST). 
It was not known if Msangi has honored the conditions before sub-contracting the event to another promoter.


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