BY MPHATSO MALIDADI:
Malawi lightweight champion, Crispin Moliyati, failed to match World Boxing Association (WBA) Pan African lightweight boxing champion Ayanda Nkosi after he suffered a third-round TKO in South Africa’s North West Province on Friday.
Nkosi, who is trained by Peter and Patrick Malinga, started strongly by pinning down his Malawian opponent in a TK Boxing Promotions bill at Rustenburg Hall.
Moliyati accepted defeat by posting remarks on a professional boxing Whatsapp group where he is an administrator.
“I met a tougher opponent. I just need to bounce back and prepare extensively next time,” he wrote.
Moliyati said he would be seeking a rematch to avenge the loss.
Following the win, Nkosi has 10 wins in his professional boxing career, with five knockouts against one loss, while Moliati has 22 wins from 35 bouts.
However, local matchmaker Steve ‘Mawenzi’ Msiska faulted Moliyati for travelling without a trainer ahead of the grueling encounter.
“I have noted that most of our boxers fail to impress when they travel for international fights because they usually have weak corner-men. There are many occasions when matchmakers step in to fill the gap created by the absence of a trainer. With a good trainer at the corner, most of our boxers can do well,” Msiska said.