Title bout declared a no contest

Charles Misanjo, Simeon Tcheta

The 12-round Malawi national middleweight title fight between Charles “Babyface” Misanjo and Simeon “Superpower” Tcheta has been declared a no contest by the Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB).

The two pugilists exchanged punches at M1 Centrepoint in Lilongwe on Sunday until the last round where the defending champion Misanjo was sent out of the ring.

The referee declared Tcheta the winner, but MPBCB president Lonzoe “Defector” Zimba declared it a no contest saying the referee flouted some procedures in his decision.

“From what I saw, he went outside the ring not because of the fight, but because he was going back. The ropes from the ring could not hold him as you know we have problems with our rings. However, boxing rules say whether you go out due to punches or not, it is a knockdown after the referee gives the boxer a chance to get back in the ring. The referee should then consult if he is ready to continue the fight. But this was not the case here, the referee just waved his hands that Misanjo has lost,” he said.

Zimba further directed that the two boxers should meet again within two months to decide the champion as it would be difficult for their parent organisations African Boxing Union (ABU) and World Boxing Union to accept the results.

Meanwhile, the belt will still be in Misanjo’s possession until the re-match.

KEBA Boxing promotions organised the fight which saw other supporting fights involving Alex Ndanga who won on points against Gift Elias.

Anisha Bashir also knocked out Tanzanian Happy Daud is another supporting fight after retirement in third round.

In the main supporting fight, Dickson Saidi defeated Musa Mkwanda.