Non-title bouts lined up for Sunday

19Aug 2016
Japheth Kazenga
The Guardian
Non-title bouts lined up for Sunday

TANZANIA’s professional boxing coach Rajab Mhamila, is upbeat about his boxer Iddi Mkwela’s chances of winning a non-title bout against fellow domestic boxer, Mwinyi Mzengela to be held in Dar es Salaam on Sunday.

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The six-round Super Lightweight fight, which has been organised by domestic boxing promoter, Dotto Texas, will be one of supporting bouts for the eight-round non-title Super Lightweight fight between Mfaume Said and Yona Segu.

Mhamila said Mkwela has had intensive drills at his Uhuru Primary School training camp and he is confident to garner a convincing win over Mzengela.

“Preparations for the bout have gone well. Mkwela is ready for the fight, he had intensive drills…I’m confident Mzengela won’t last three rounds”, Mhamila bragged.

Mhamila also revealed Mkwela is expected to take part in a Tanzania Professional Boxing Commission (TPBC) national Super Lightweight title bout against an opponent that has yet to be known later, this month.

Mkwela, who is fighting in the Lightweight division, boasts of four wins, three of which came via knockouts, and one draw.

The boxer put stellar displays in his previous three bouts against fellow domestic boxers in Dar es Salaam to garner resounding wins.

Mkwela beat Hussein Gobbos by points in a non-title Lightweight bout last month and, thereafter, triumphed by majority decision in a non-title bout against Hussein Ally on July 16.

Mkwela then commanded a Technical Knockout (TKO) win over Mwita Gimanwa in a non-title Super Lightweight fight on July 24.

Mkwela is now rated 18th out of 68 boxers in the Lightweight division in Tanzania by Boxrec. The network has positioned him 767th in the list of 2,017 boxers in the division in the world.

Mhamila had earlier said he was forced to opt for an aggressive approach in ensuring Mkwela gets opportunity to take on competent domestic opponents with a view to improving the latter’s chances to land major bouts.

Mzengela, who is TPBC national Super Lightweight champion, has 11 fights (four knockouts), has lost four bouts (one knockout) and his other two bouts were declared draw.

He has been rated ninth out of 44 boxers in the Super Lightweight division by Boxrec and occupies the 471st position out of 1,790 boxers in the division in the world.

In the other supporting bouts scheduled for the day, Godfrey Silver will face Said Chino, Julius Kisarawe will lock horns with Ramadhan Kumbele and Ally Jagalaga will confront Karim Ramadhan.

The day will also see Charles Mdogo take on Jackson Malinyingi, Mbena Rajab face Emmanuel Amos and Shaaban Kaoneka exchange blows with Kivu Mawe.

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