FORMER cruiserweight champion Mike Chilambe has condemned super featherweight boxer Bazila Ngosa for attacking referee Maybin Kante during the World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) Youth world title defeat to Francis Kimani of Kenya.
And Kante has lodged a complaint to the Zambia Professional Boxing and Wresting Control Board (ZPBWCB) over Ngosa’s conduct.
“This is unacceptable in boxing,” said Chilambe, who fought 27 times, winning 13 via knockout.
Ngosa suffered five knock downs before Kante decided to stop the fight in the third round but the boxer protested the decision before he vented his anger on the former amateur boxer.
This was during an international boxing tournament staged by Mwenya Musenge Promotion at Kitwe’s Arthur Davies Stadium on Sunday.
After overpowering ring assistants who were preventing him from charging at Kante, Ngosa came face-to-face with the referee and unleashed a right punch which Kante dunked and the angry boxer missed his second before police jumped on stage to escort him to the dressing room.
Minutes later and dressed in casual gear, Ngosa returned with bare knuckles to ‘finish off’ Kante but alert police officers manhandled the boxer, bundled him in a police van and drove him off.
But ZPBWBC chairperson Nelson Sapi said a decision will only be made next week after a review of the tournament is conducted.
And Mwenya Musenge, the tournament promoter, said it was unnecessary for Ngosa to react angrily.
“You cannot go into a fight over confident and underrate your opponent, this is why Bazila lost. And you cannot behave like that after losing,” said Musenge, who is Copperbelt Minister.
Ngosa was sent to the canvas in the first round, twice in the second and again twice in the third round.
Meanwhile, Kante said in a walk-in interview at the Daily Mail offices in Lusaka yesterday that he has submitted the complaint to ZPBWCB through referees’ manager William Sekeleti.