Boxing duo to contest for Lightweight belt

02Dec 2016
Joseph Mchekadona
The Guardian
Boxing duo to contest for Lightweight belt

PROFESSIONAL boxers Vincent Mbilinyi and Adam Mrisho have an opportunity to prove their worth when they meet in the Tanzania Professional Boxing Commission (TPBC) national Lightweight title fight in Dar es Salaam on December 31.

Vincent Mbilinyi

Prominent domestic boxing promoter, Shomary Kimbau, who has organised the fight in cooperation with Hamis Kwame of Kwame Gym and Promotions, said the duo signed an agreement to take part in the bout at Manyara Park venue on Tuesday.

He said there will, as well, be six non-title undercards involving domestic boxers, with one of them pitting Mbeya’s Ambokile Chusa against Dar es Salaam-based Kanda Kabongo.

Mbilinyi’s coach, Rajab Mhamila, said his boxer has prepared well for the bout and is eager to contain Mrisho and eventually win the TPBC Lightweight title.

“He is in great shape, he has been training for a long time and is keen on showcasing his mettle,” Mhamila said, noting the boxer’s training sessions are held at Uhuru boxing gym in Dar.

“To him, winning a national title isn’t a challenging feat. He is the leading professional Super Lightweight boxer in Tanzania, as per the Boxrec ratings, though, a national title is all he is missing.”

Mhamila said Mbilinyi is expected to participate in a tough sparring session at the gym, with the session involving all of the gym’s boxers.

“It will be the first time for Mbilinyi to take part in tough sparring session. My gym’s boxers, including Ibrahim Mgendera who recently took part in an international title bout in Germany, will attend the session.”

Mbilinyi’s record currently stands at seven victories, three of which came via knockout (KO), one defeat and three draws, whereas Mrisho has eight wins (four KOs) and one defeat in nine bouts he has taken part in.

In other non-title supporting fights, Abdul Zugo will face Karage Suba, Ibrahim Tamba will fight Six Bruno, whereas Kulwa Bushiri will take part in a six-round fight against an opponent that has yet to be announced.

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