Zulfa Macho in pursuit of success in professional boxing

19Nov 2020
Ismail Tano
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Zulfa Macho in pursuit of success in professional boxing

​​​​​​​TANZANIA’s up-and-coming female professional Super Flyweight boxer, Zulfa Macho, has stated that her victory in an international, non-title bout against Zambia’s Alice Mbewe, held in Dar es Salaam last weekend, has boosted women’s interest in boxing.

Tanzania’s professional boxer, Zulfa Macho (R), connects a jab on Zambian Alice Mbewe when the boxers clashed in an international, non-title Super Flyweight fight, which took place in Dar es Salaam recently. Zulfa won by points. PHOTO; CORRESPONDENT

Zulfa overcame Alice won by unanimous decision, with the bout’s three judges, John Chagu, Ibrahim Kamwe and Anthony Rutta, scoring 59-56, 58-56 and 59-55 respectively in favour of the Tanzanian boxer.

She showcased great potential in the bout, which was organized by Jackson Group Sport under Managing Director Kelvin Twissa.

A delighted Zulfa, speaking after the fight, stated she is planning to continuing to perform well in the coming bouts.

She went on to note she is thankfully that she was able to fulfill her dreams, despite participating in her first international fight.

She pointed out that her opponent, Alice, was very good due to the experience the Zambian boxer has in the sport.

Zulfa, born by former Simba SC, Yanga and senior national soccer team’s midfielder Yusuph Macho, has joined the professional boxing this year.

The promising boxer, who is also an army officer, had been taking part in amateur boxing, featuring for Tanzania People’s Defense Forces (TPDF) squad in various tournaments.

Alice, in an interview after the bout, disclosed she accepted the results and promised to seek for a re-match with Zulfa in the future.

The fight was one of the undercards for the World Boxing Federation (WBF) Intercontinental Super Welterweight and International Boxing Association (IBA) Super Welterweight titles’ fight between Tanzania’s Hassan Mwakinyo and Argentina’s Jose Carlos Paz.

Mwakinyo, who was defending the WBF Super Welterweight belt, won by Technical Knockout (TKO) in the fourth round of the scheduled 12-round bout to defend his belt.

The boxer recently scaled to the top spot in the division's ranking in the country, as per recent statistics released by Boxrec, a network which keeps records for professional boxers from all over the world.

He is the top ranked boxer in the division at the local level, with the division consisting of 24 boxers.

The network has further ranked Mwakinyo 71st in the list of 2012 professional boxers in the division at the international level.

Mwakinyo has featured in a total of 19 bouts, winning 17 and losing two.

He has recorded 11 knockouts in the 17 wins and has had one knockout loss in two defeats.

The boxer had previously held the 86th spot in the Super Welterweight division rating in the world.

Mwakinyo has moreover entered the top 50 in the best pound for pound rating list for African boxers.

The rating has DR Congo boxer, Junior Makabu, and Ghana's Richard Commey, both fighting in the Cruiserweight division, placed first and second respectively.

South African Lightweight boxer Kevin Lerena concludes the top three in the rating.

Mwakinyo has risen to become the number one boxer in pound for pound rating in Tanzania while compatriot Ibrahim Mgendera 'Class', fighting in Super Featherweight division, has dropped to the second spot.

Tanzanian Super Middleweight boxer Abdallah Pazi wraps up the top three in the rating in the country.

Mexican Saul Alvarez, fighting in Middleweight division, is number one boxer in the best pound for pound rating in the world, British Heavyweight boxer, Tyson Furry, has been placed second.

American Welterweight boxer Errol Spence Jr wraps up the top three in the rating.

Other prominent professional boxers, Manny Pacquiao (eighth) and Anthony Joshua (seventh) have as well entered the top 10 list of the best pound for pound boxers in the world.

In the best pound for pound rating in Tanzania, Twaha Kassim 'Kiduku', Tony Rashid, Fadhil Majiha, Salim Mtango, Hamis Maya, Muhsin Kizota and Iddi Pialari have been placed in the rating's top 10 list.