Dar boxer to take part in ABU Super Lightweight title fight

23Sep 2021
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Dar boxer to take part in ABU Super Lightweight title fight

TANZANIAN professional boxer, Salim Jengo, will step into the ring on October 13 to fight for the African Boxing Union (ABU) Super Lightweight championship against Malawian, Hannock Phiri.

Director of Marketing of Swahiliflix firm, Amos Chibaya (C), introduces Tanzanian professional boxers, Salim Jengo (R), and Hamis Maya, in Dar es Salaam yesterday ahead of the October 13 fights, dubbed 'Swahiliflix Rising Stars', to be held at Millenium Tower's Mtana Hall in the city. PHOTO: CORRESPONDENT

The 12-round contest will be staged at Millenium Tower 2, Mtana Hall in Dar es Salaam, according to Swahiliflix firm's Director of Marketing, Amos Chibaya.

Chibaya said currently the ABU Lightweight belt has no holder and they settled for Jengo to fight for the championship.

He said Phiri has not lost a fight in three contests he has so far featured while Jengo has fought 20 and lost only four.

He said on the day of the fight there will be undercards, whereby local boxer, Shaaban Jongo, will fight again US professional boxer, Shawn Miller, in a Cruiserweight bout scheduled for eight rounds.

“We expect to be more fierce and exciting because all are fighters to be reckoned with,'' Chibaya noted.

He said Swahiliflix, in collaboration with Win-Win Sports promotion, is proud to announce its entrance into the Tanzanian boxing scene.

Chibaya stated his firm would like to acknowledge the commitment to supporting Tanzania’s boxers in their career. Other partners are Urban Soul, Global Boxing Stars, and Onomo Hotel.

He said they will also provide advice, and identifying opportunities to build boxing careers that resonate across Africa. Chibaya said looking to position themselves as a high-level promotion in what is already a very big pool of promoters.

“We will be looking to provide our boxers with a platform on Swahiliflix where they can grow not just their name for boxing but also grow their brands for sponsorship and marketing opportunities. We want to create limitless opportunities for our boxers,” Chibaya disclosed.

“We aim to become a top-level promotion in identifying and promoting athletes so that their journey does not just end up on the national stage.''

''We want to go international via the Swahiliflix app currently on the Google Play Store as well as Apple TV. through pay per view.''

''It is the goal of ours to lead the way in diversifying the game and advocating with teams and marketplace buyers to start nurturing talent from underrepresented groups, with the promotion of all boxers is central to this goal.''

''This first event that we are to hold, is to showcase Tanzania’s ever-growing of professional boxing scene, as well as local talent, developed.''

“Promoting it to move into as many countries markets around the world by ensuring a great night of fights that are entertaining and will push our fighters’ names outside the local market,” he said. For his part,

Jengo said he has prepared well for the fight, which I expect to emerge victoriously.

“I’m in preparations for the fight and I expect to maintain my winning streak getting prepared. There is little time left, which I use to correct myself and improve my skills,” Jengo revealed.

Also in the undercard, Kenyan top boxer, Ryton Okwiri, will fight Ugandan, John Serunjogi, while Tanzanian pugilist, Joseph Sinkala, will fight compatriot, Hamisi Maya, in the Welterweight bout and Alex Kachelewa will exchange blows against Shadrack Ignas in a Welterweight bout.

There were also fight involving Congo Brazaville’s Heavyweight boxer, Adi Ndembo, fighting against the boxer to be unveiled later.

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