ALL hopes are on Rahma Maganga after the Tanzania women’s boxing team captain Beatrice Nyambega took a defeat from Jasmine Jaismine of India on Friday in New Delhi.
The ongoing IBA Women’s World Boxing Championship saw the first Tanzanian boxer Beatrice losing by RSC (Referee stop the contest) in a lightweight category to a bronze medalist in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The referee had to stop the fight, after witnessing Beatrice taking number of blows with her guard down.
After the Friday’s defeat the country hopes are on today’s fight between Rahma Maganga and Christine of Kenya in the 48kg bout.
Apart from the loss of a skipper, this is the first time for Tanzania to participate in such a global level boxing tournament for ladies.
The today’s bout, expects to be tough for Rahma who fought Christine in January during the East African Champion Club Competition.
An intense fight between the two in January saw the Kenyan boxer winning 3-2 by judges’ points.
The 13th edition of the Women’s World Championship 2023 in New Delhi began on March 15th and will climax on March 26th this year.
More than 350 ranked boxers from 74 countries have been registered to participate in this tournament.
The cash prize for all winners in each weight totals 2.4 million US dollars, of which Gold medalists will receive 100,000 US dollars (233m/-), silver medalists 50,000 US dollars (116m/-) and bronze medalists 25,000 US dollars (58m/-).
Speaking on the tournament, the President of IBA, Umar Kremlev, said all countries have participated in the global tournament staging at KD Indoor Hall, which can accommodate 6,000 fans.
“This also will open the doors for our boxers and give publicity of our country to the world.
“It will be a heated competition as we have set goals that we are sure to achieve in a bid to develop international boxing in this country and build good cooperation with foreign organisations.
We also have strategies and plans that we will be able to promote and give power to part boxing to a greater extent,” he said.