Unbeaten Tanzanian boxer, Francis Cheka on Friday night scored a sensational victory over Phil Williams of the United States by a unanimous points decision to dethrone the US pugilist for the World Boxing Federation (WBF) super middleweight title at the Diamond Jubilee Hall in Dar es Salaam.
Three judges of the 12-round toughly contested fight had each awarded him one more point against the US defending title holder.
Eddie Marshall from South Africa gave Cheka 116 points against 115, while Tanzania-based judge Fidel Hayness gave him 119 points against 118 and John Chagu, also a local judge, awarded him 117 against 116.
Dr Fenella Mukangara, the Minister of Information, Culture, Youth and Sport, was among local dignitaries who attended the bout.
Cheka started the fight with a lot of precaution, as the top level pugilists studies each other’s tactic, and then moved to dominate the third and fourth rounds, while the visitor gained momentum in the fifth and sixth rounds.
Cheka was about to finish the game in the seventh round when his heavy jabs sent the American into the canvas but the opponent stood up quickly before South African referee Drake Ribbinck started the counting.
Before the main bout, local boxer Thomas Mashali won by points after beating local title holder Mada Maugo in a WBF Africa Championship middleweight title fight while local boxer Alphonce Mchumiatumbo won by technical knockout (TKO) against Chupaki Chipindi in the fifth round of the scheduled six rounds, on a friendly middleweight.