Tanzania Open Boxing Federation (OBFT) Secretary-General, Lukelo Wililo, disclosed 15 fights took place on an opening day, with many of them ending in Knockout (KO), Technical Knockout (TKO), and Referee Stopping the Contest Outclassed (RSCO).
Wililo pointed out in the Flyweight division, Shazir Hija from Mbagala won by KO against Athumani Mtondo from Dovya Boxing Club, in the same division Iddi Athumani from MMJKT won by KO in the first round of his bout against Hussein Hamis from JKT Mgulani.
In the Featherweight division, Boniface Mlingwa won via RSCO in the first round of his bout against Iringa-based Karim Mwenda.
John Yomba from MMJKT won via TKO in the third round of his fight against Daniel Leonard of JKT Makutopora.
In the same category, Stephano Mika from JKT Kibiti won 5-0 against Ramadhani Joseph of JKT Kimbiji and Abdullah Kassim from Band Coy outclassed Samwel Samwel of Yombayomba Boxing Club via RSCO.
Wililo said in the Lightweight division, Ngome JWTZ boxer Simon Ayoub was awarded a walkover after his opponent, Paschal Labani from Keko Boxing Club failed to show up.
Rajab Chande from Yombayomba Boxing Club won 4-1 against Baraka Edon of Chui JWTZ.
Wililo revealed in the same division, Mwarami Salum from MMJKT won 4-1 against Musa Omari from Band Coy, Shaibu Baruti from Iringa Boxing Club won via TKO against Nasir Rajabu from Yombayomba Boxing Club.
Kedo Peter of JKT Mbweni won 4-1 against Zawadi Charles from Dovya Boxing Club.
Also in the same division, Hamdani Issa of JKT Ruvu won 5-0 against Edward Gabriel of JKT Kibiti, Hassan Mrutu from JKT Mgulani outclassed Yusuf Jani from Mwanza Boxing Club 5-0.
Hamza Ally of Yombayomba Boxing Club won his bout against Charles Juma from Mafinga after the fight's referee disqualified Juma in the second round.
In the Light Welterweight division, national team boxer, Alex Isendi from Ngome JWTZ, won 5-0 against Saidi Kanenda of JKT Mgulani in what was the category's last bout.
The National Open Boxing Championship will also be used to select four boxers who will join two domestic pugilists, Isendi and Yusuf Changarawe, who qualified for AIBA World Championship which will be held in Serbia.
The AIBA World Championship was last held in 2019 in Ekaterinburg, Russia, but Tanzania did not send its boxers.
Seleman Kindunda is the last domestic boxer to have represented the country at the AIBA World Championship, he competed at the 2013 edition in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The Serbia event will be overseen by Serbia’s President, Alexander Vucic, who heads the Local Organizing Committee (LOC).
AIBA president, Omar Kremlev, is reported to have said the AIBA Men’s World Boxing Championship will show determination to provide boxers around the world a platform to achieve their full potential.