The anxiously awaited eight-round non-title fight lasted less than a minute and a half, much to the disbelief of boxing enthusiasts that thronged the venue as the Tanzanian boxer proved he is still the one to beat in the division in the East African region at present.
Mchumiatumbo quickly pounced on the Kenyan after the first round bell went off and worked a few heavy punches on his opponent’s body, sending the latter to the canvas twice before the Kenyan surrendered. Mwangi, weighing 105kg, was a much bigger and taller fighter as compared to Mchumiatumbo, who weighed 90kg, but the Tanzanian amazingly made short work of the Kenyan with a quick combination of jabs, giving the latter no breathing space in the few minutes of the fight.
Mchumiatumbo, who has improved his record to 5-1 having won five bouts and claimed draw in the other, was quickly held shoulder high by his wild cheering fans while Mwangi looked a dejected man as he left the ring with his trainers. The Tanzanian challenger, grinning from ear to ear after the bout, attributed his victory to better preparations and better tactical approach to the game.
“I had good two-month preparations and I was wholly confident of beating my opponent…I opted for short punches right from the start and managed to drain my opponent’s energy soon”, said Mchumiatumbo. “If my opponent will need a re-match, I am ready for it either in Tanzania or at his home country and I will surely beat him”, he added amid deafening cheers from the fans.
A handful of fans, however, voiced their disappointment over the unexpected short time the bout took, saying the whole thing was probably a hoax as they had highly expected to see the Kenyan boxer extend the fight to at least five rounds. There were also six undercard bouts held earlier at the same venue, in which the opening four-round flyweight fight saw Martin Richard grab a unanimous split points win over Nassor Khatib as Herman Richard also secured the same victory over Ali Mahiyo in a four-round light flyweight bout.
In a four-round bantam weight bout, James Mokiwa had a first-round knockout victory over Kassim Gamboo while Issa Omary edged Saadat Miyeyusho by points in a tightly contested four-round light flyweight fight. Mohamed Zangalu knocked out Shaaban Ndonga in the first round of a six-round lightweight fight before Mustafa Dotto defeated Fadhili Mbega by points in a six-round featherweight bout. All bouts were organized by Hussein Maguha Investment under the supervision of the Tanzania Professional Boxing Organization (TPBO).