Mwakinyo drops again in world boxing rankings

21Jun 2022
Nassir Nchimbi
The Guardian
Mwakinyo drops again in world boxing rankings

​​​​​​​TANZANIAN professional Super Welterweight boxer Hassan Mwakinyo has once again faced a drop in global boxing ranking as per statistics presented by Boxrec, a website that has collected records of professional pugilists from all over the world.

​​​​​​​TANZANIAN professional Super Welterweight boxer Hassan Mwakinyo.

Mwakinyo that has been taking part in boxing since 2015 holds the record of fighting 22 bouts, notching 20 wins 14 via Knockout, losing two bouts and no bout declared as a draw.

Last week the number one boxer in Tanzania dropped 16 places, from the 17th to 33rd spot, in the world in Super Welterweight.

He recently dropped again by two places, moving to the 35th place, with boxing stakeholders in the country claiming that failure to fight for a long time has contributed to the boxer facing the decline.

Currently living in Florida, USA, Mwakinyo had previously fought in September last year and defended the African Boxing Union (ABU) title with a Technical Knock Out (TKO) victory against Namibian Julius Indongo.

However, earlier this year Mwakinyo was stripped of his World Boxing Federation (WBF) title, with both parties noting that he had violated the federation rules by failing to defend the title in time.

Since arriving in the United States, Mwakinyo has been out of action for several months, with his manager Huzeifa Huzeifa that lives in Tanzania revealing they have yet to find an opponent whose quality matches Mwakinyo's.

The pugilist as a result dropped 17 places in the world ranking and he currently possesses four stars, needing one to reach five stars that could warrant his progress in ranking.

It is speculated that if he will not fight until September this year, the Boxrec officials will remove him from the ranks according to the network's rules.

Tanzania Professional Boxing Regulatory Commissions (TPBRC)'s president Chaurembo Palasa, noted: "Failure to fight for a long time is what costs Mwakinyo, as I said in the country where he currently lives, before having an opportunity to take on a boxer with similar quality and agree to fight, he will first look at either the payment or big titles like the WBA, WBC or WBO. Mwakinyo does not have any of them.''

Palasa said if the boxer stays for a year without scaling up the rating he will be termed inactive, even though he will come back again and start fighting.

Last week Mwakinyo's management boycotted the pugilist's bout against Julio de Jesus Rodriguez that was set to be held in the Dominican Republic due to the latter's record, given the pugilist is lately rated 425th in the world.

Mwakinyo burst into the professional boxing scene in September 2018 after causing the biggest upset in the UK boxing history, having stopped Sam Eggington in an international non-title bout that took place at Birmingham Arena.

He was at odds of 20/1 before the fight but caused a shock in only the second round after knocking Eggington out.

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