Dar fans await non-title bout

22Feb 2017
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Dar fans await non-title bout

DAR ES SALAAM’s professional boxer, Imani Daudi, has been presented with an opportunity to prove his worth, as he is scheduled to face Said Mbelwa in a non-title fight in the city on March 18.

Said Mbelwa

Domestic boxing coach, Amos Nkondo has organised the eight-round Tanzania Professional Boxing Commission (TPBC)-sanctioned bout in cooperation with promoter, one Diego.

It will be the first fight for Daudi this year and he will be under pressure to beat his opponent and improve his record, which now stands at four wins, one of which is a knockout (KO), four losses (one KO) and a draw.

Daudi, who is fighting in the Super Middleweight division, ended last year on a sour note, when he lost to fellow domestic boxer, Selemani Said, by points in a non-title bout in the city on July 24.

It will equally be an opportunity for Mbelwa to put behind the disappointment of his Technical Knockout (TKO) defeat to India’s Brijesh Meena in an international non-title bout in Calcutta on February 11.

The defeat saw Mbelwa’s record drop to 36 wins, 24 of which came via KO, 20 losses (eight KOs) and five draws.

Mbelwa was reported to have dislocated his shoulder in the loss but Nkondo disclosed the former said he is in better shape and ready to take on Daudi.

Nkondo said Mbelwa, Daudi and boxers who will take the ring to fight in non-title undercards signed contracts for the bouts in the city on February 18.

Daudi has been rated eighth out of 12 boxers in the Super Middleweight division in Tanzania and is in the 625th position in the division in the world, with the division having 1,337 boxers.
Mbelwa, who is also in the same division, has been rated second in Tanzania and is in the 288th position in the world.

In the day’s undercards, Nkondo said, Manyi Issa will fight Iddi Tole in a six-round, Lightweight fight, Ramadhan Kondo will exchange blows with Hamisi Mohamed in a four-round, Featherweight bout.

In the other bouts, Swedi Mohamed will take on Kiasi Mangwizi in a four-round, Bantamweight bout, as Amri Omary has been scheduled to face one Ally in the four-round, Super Featherweight fight.

Nkondo said Omary and Mohamed, who are members of his boxing club, namely Mbezi Connection Boxing Gym, are training intensively with a view to winning their respective bouts and improve their status in the sport.