Dar boxer meets Russian for non-title bout

14Apr 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Dar boxer meets Russian for non-title bout

TANZANIA’s professional Super Lightweight boxer Ibrahim Mgendera, has every reasons to command a convincing win over Zapir Rasulov of Russia in an international non-title bout to be staged in Panama City tomorrow, the former’s coach, Rajab Mhamila, has said.

Mhamila said Mgendera’s intensive preparations ahead of the fight gives the former plenty of confidence in the latter’s chances to win the bout.

“He will undoubtedly perform well in the fight given that he has prepared well for it. There won’t be such excuses like the ones issued by other Tanzanian boxers that fair dismally at international bouts outside the country,” Mhamila said.
He said Mgendera left for the United States on Tuesday night for last preparations of the bout.

Mgendera had been scheduled to take on Morogoro’s Deo Samwel in a non-title bout in Dar es Salaam early next month but, according to Mhamila, the former opted not to take part in the bout so as to prepare adequately for the Panama bout.

Mgendera was also among the boxers who were expected to participate in supporting fights for an international, non-title bout between Tanzania’s Fadhil Majiha and a Kenyan opponent at the National Indoor Stadium.

Mhamila also noted that Mgendera is, thereafter, expected to take part in at least two bouts in Tanzania before the holy month of Ramadhan.

“He has not fought in Tanzania from the time he participated in an international bout in Zambia early last year, thus, we want to see him take part in at least two fights after the Panama bout,” he said.

Mgendera lost by Technical Knockout (TKO) to Zambia’s Charles Manyachi I the international non-title bout in Lusaka on February 5 last year.

Mgendera’s attempt to win the World Boxing Organization (WBO) Africa Super Lightweight title ended in vain as he lost by points to Namibia’s Julius Indongo in the bout that took place in Windhoek on March 20 last year.

The boxer has taken part in a total of 16 bouts, winning 13 (five knockouts) and losing the remaining fights (one knockout).

He is currently the UBO Africa Lightweight champion. He won the title with a majority decision victory over fellow domestic boxer, Cosmas Cheka, in the bout that was held at the National Indoor Stadium on February 28 last year.

He is in fourth position in the list of 55 Super Lightweight boxers in Tanzania and has been positioned in the 228th out of 1,709 boxers in the world in the division, as per the ratings by Boxrec

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