24 amateur boxers to battle for Presidential honours

Malawi Amateur Boxing, Elia Kamphinda Banda

Twenty four amateur boxers have been earmarked for the Presidential Initiative championship slated for Chenda Hotel in Mzuzu on Sunday.

Initially, Malawi Boxing Association (MABA) planned to host the championship last weekend but postponed it due to the countrywide demonstrations.

MABA general secretary Elia Kamphinda-Banda told Kulinji.com on Wednesday that the demonstrations affected the construction of the ring in the city.

“All is set for the competition and we expect boxers from across the country to be available by Saturday. We were supposed to have the competition on Saturday, but some quarters complained that some boxers may not manage to travel on Friday. The boxers have been grouped into categories of Under 17 and 19,” Kamphinda-Banda said.

The association gets K1 million annually from government through the Malawi National Council of Sports (MNCS) for the initiative.

However, the general secretary said they did not get the funding for the past two years which would affect the outcome of the initiative.

“We are expected to identify boxers for the 2020 Olympics qualifiers and the Region Five competitions. However with only a few months to the competitions, it is an uphill task to identify and groom the boxers. If we had the competitions for the past two years, by now we should have already identified the boxers because those that were under 17 during the time are now 19,” he added.

He however said the association will bank on the regional champions to impress at the weekend’s championship.