Cheka opts to groom boxers

30Aug 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Cheka opts to groom boxers

PROMINENT Tanzanian professional Super Middleweight boxer, Francis Cheka, he is now turning his attention to promotion of unheralded young boxers in a bid to see to it that the latter represent the country well in Olympics.

Francis Cheka

He said his approach will be different from the one deployed by boxing promoters in the country, who put much effort in promoting prominent boxers.

“I want to give young domestic boxers opportunity to participate in fights with a view to helping the latter develop their talent. There are several promising professional boxers I have groomed including Hassan Mgosi and KuduraTamim,” Cheka disclosed.

The young boxers, he noted, have already been snapped up by the domestic boxing promoters and are excelling in the sport.

“The boxing promoters are busy promoting boxers once the latter rise to prominence, the former also cash in on the latter’s limelight,” Cheka said.

Mgosi, the up-and-coming boxer fighting in the Bantamweight division, has registered seven wins (two knockouts), four losses (one knockout) and one draw.

He recently lost by points to fellow domestic boxer, Hamza Mchanjo, in the Pugilist Syndicate of Tanzania ( PST) national Bantamweight title bout in Dar es Salaam.

Mgosi has been rated seven in the list of 38 boxers in the division in Tanzania and occupies the 387th position in the list of 979 boxers in the division in the world according to Boxrec.Meanwhile, Cheka said the bouts he had recently expected to organise in Dar es Salaam have been called off.

The bouts, which were to take place at the National Indoor Stadium last Sunday, geared towards supporting efforts by the Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, Paul Makonda, to make the city clean.

Makonda was also expected to face Cheka in an exhibition bout in the day.

“I was informed Makonda wasn’t available for the event, therefore, I have decided to call the event off and will organise the bouts at a time he will be ready to attend,” he said.

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