TANZANIA: TANZANIAN pugilist Hassan Mwakinyo on Sunday claimed the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa title after knocking out a Ghanaian boxer Elvis Ahorgah in the seventh of the 10-round bout at New Amaan Sports Complex in Zanzibar.
Following his victory, Mwakinyo conveyed his joy of the victory, saying it had been his biggest dream to win the WBO Africa middleweight title. “I wanted this title for a long time and I am pleased that I have put my hands on it…the fight was tough, Ahorgah is a good boxer too, not easy to beat,” said Mwakinyo after the victory.
He also disclosed that it was the first time for his counterpart to concede KO defeat a thing he said clearly showed that the match against him was difficult.
“I have proved to the WBO that I have what it takes to win the belt,” he said.
Mwakinyo unveiled that he is ready to fight against Morogoro Star boxer Twaha Kiduku after seeing off the Ghanaian.
He also seized the platform to give credit to Zanzibar boxers saying they are well-talented and are on the right path to achieve a lot in their career. On his part, Ahorgah bemoaned his management for the setback saying he was given a two-week notice that was not enough for him to prepare for the contest.
“He (Mwakinyo) prepared very well and he is a good boxer, he has strength… for me, I do not blame the organisers of this bout but rather my management because they gave me a twoweek notice,” he said.
On the same night, Ibrahim Class won against Malawian boxer Israel Kammwamba after knocking him out in the second of the 10 rounds bout at Mkwakwani Stadium in Tanga.
A member of the technical panel for Kammwamba threw a towel just at the end of the second round signalling that his boxer was not able to continue fighting as such, Class who was in the red corner cherished a TKO.
For Class, after the triumph, he said he was well prepared to overcome his Malawian opponent and that he was lucky to end the match in the second round as things got worse for him.
“If he continued, he could have regretted coming here to fight against me because I was in good shape and ready for him,” he said.
He however described Kammwamba as a good boxer with strong punches and he admitted that in the first round, he received strong punches from the Malawian boxer.