By ADRIAN MWANZA –
DEMOCRATIC Republic of Congo boxer Mbiya Kanku was on Saturday night knocked cold by his Tanzanian opponent Twaha Kiduku, who won the international welterweight non-title fight in the second round.
Kanku, fighting under Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQBP), was nearly killed in the ring by Kiduku and required emergency treatment from health officials after he lost consciousness.
The referee had no option but to stop the fight which was one of the supporting bouts for the Catherine Phiri World Boxing Council (WBC) gold bantamweight title defence bout against Gibisile Tshabalala of South Africa.
Other bouts saw Zambia’s Alfred Muwowo outclass his opponent Mohammed Alkaida of Tanzania in an international non-title flyweight match to win by a technical knock-out (TKO).
Muwowo sent Alkaida crashing to the floor in the first round and the Tanzanian failed to recover owing to drowsiness.
Exodus International Boxing Promotions (EIBP) boxer Sheriff ‘Boom Boom’ Kasongo picked up a win over Malawi’s Chikondi Magawa, winning on unanimous points decision in the international welterweight non-title fight.
In the female category, Zambia’s Lolita Muzeya defeated Malawi’s Anisha Basheer in the international non-title welterweight fight on unanimous points decision after the two failed to knock out each other.
Barbara Banda won via TKO after she dropped her opponent Mwene Hadji Gimbo of Tanzania in the second round.
Gimbo trailed from the onset of the bout and it was not long before Banda connected a barrage of punches which sent her opponent to the canvas.