For some time, Malawian boxers have not been doing well at the international stage claiming referees favour home pugilists, but up and coming fighter Hannock Phiri has surprised many after clinching the World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) lightweight title at Mulungushi Conference Centre in Lusaka, Zambia on Saturday.
Phiri, who enjoys the stage name of ‘Hardknocker’, left the country on Friday by road and managed to beat Hillary Kataya on unanimous decision in a 12-round Knockout Malaria Boxing Bonanza.
Before he started off, Phiri challenged that he would do everything possible to bring the belt home.
It seems his determination worked for him because he dominated most of the rounds leaving the judges with no option but give him the victory.
Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB) president, Lonzoe Zimba commended Phiri for the brilliant performance which he said will motivate other boxers who struggle on the international scene.
“We have not been doing well in away bouts. With good preparations, we can improve our performance. Hannock has done well and he should not relax, but aim for top belts,” he said.
Phiri boasts of 100 percent technical knockout record.
He however lost to a Zimbabwean some two months ago through a unanimous decision.