Mashali meets Iranian in UBO bout

11May 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Mashali meets Iranian in UBO bout

MINISTER for Information, Culture, Arts and Sports, Nape Nnauye, is expected to be the guest of honour in the Universal Boxing Organization (UBO) World Super Middleweight title bout pitting Tanzania’s Thomas Mashali

Thomas Mashali

against Iran’s Sajjad Mehrabi at the National Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.

Pugilist Syndicate of Tanzania (PST) will supervise the bout that has been organised by Tanga-based promoter, Ally Mwazoa.

PST secretary general Anthony Ruta, said Mehrabi and other foreign boxers, who will participate in fights scheduled for the same at the same venue, are expected to arrive in Dar es Salaam today.

“Preparations for the bouts have been completed and all boxers will go for weigh in on Friday,” he said.
It will be the second time for Mashali to attempt to lay his hands on an international title in a space of a month.

Mashali had succumbed to a Technical Knockout (TKO) defeat at the hands of Russia’s Apti Ustarkhanov in the International Boxing Organization (IBO) Inter-Continental Super Middleweight title bout at the latter’s venue, Colosseum Sport Hall in Grozny on March 5.

Mashali, though, had been impressive in recent non-title bouts against fellow domestic boxers.
Mashali recorded a knockout (KO) win over Selemani Galile in a bout that took place at National Indoor Stadium on June 6 last year, and the former later beat Ibrahim Tamba by unanimous decision in another bout at the same venue on August 29 the same year.

Mashali then went on to command a unanimous decision win over Francis Cheka at the latter’s venue, Jamhuri Stadium, in Morogoro on December 25 last year.

The victory over Cheka, in the process, helped Mashali successful revenge for a defeat he suffered to the former at the PTA hall in Dar es Salaam few years back.Mashali’s record now stands at 17 wins (nine knockouts), four defeats (three knockouts) and a draw.

Boxrec, a network that holds records of professional boxers from all over the world, currently rates Mashali second in the list of 12 Super Middleweight boxers in Tanzania.The network has positioned him 75th out of 1,099 boxers in the world in the same division.

It will be the second time for Mehrabi to face a Tanzanian opponent in an international bout in Dar es Salaam.
Mehrabi took on Francis Cheka in an international, non-title fight at the PTA hall on April 19 in 2014, in which the fight was declared as a draw.

The Iranian boxer’s currently stands at 14 wins (one knockout) and two draws. In the other international fights scheduled for the same day, Tanga’s Said Mundi, fighting in the Super Lightweight division, will face Malawi’s Salim Chazama, while Morogoro’s Super Featherweight boxer, Cosmas Cheka will confront Iran’s Javad Pagheh.