Chisenga targets WBO title

bantamweight boxer Pethias Chisenga
bantamweight boxer Pethias Chisenga
FEATHERWEIGHT boxer Pethias Chisenga this last evening goes went in for the fight of his life as he goes went for the coveted World Boxing Organsation (WBO) International belt against Namibian Abmerk Shindjuu.

Chisenga, a 57 kilogramme boxer, headed into this key bout with a proud record of 10 wins and one loss. He hoped one more victory today will would land him his biggest title yet.

His coach-cum-manager Anthony Mwamba is was beaming with confidence about his boxer’s chances of grabbing the WBO title, saying the Lusaka based pugilist was the future of the Zambian sport.

“He is in great form, he is very focused and he is a classy boxer. He has got everything and glory coming to him was always going to be just a matter of time. His chance has come and we are winning the title,” Mwamba said.

Chisenga got the title shot after he defeated the then reigning champion Shindjuu in a non-title fight early this year, a result that forced the world body to strip the Namibian of the title and grant the two boxers a title fight.

And the venue for the all-important fight is the Windhoek Country Club Resort.

“We are well-prepared for this. We have had it coming for a long time. We know Abmerk Shindjuu inside out. They have fought twice before and this is the third meeting and we know where to get him. Chisenga is bringing the title home,” Mwamba said of his soft-spoken boxer.

Whereas Exodus Boxing promotion boss Mwamba will boast of knowing Shindjuu inside-out and the boxers having met twice before, the worry comes in because Chisenga’s only career loss has been at the hands of his opponent today.

The two first fought in October 2012 in Namibia with the Zambian losing a controversial split points decision before the two-faced off again in March this year in which Chisenga avenged the loss by defeating the Namibian clean.

Both were non-title fights.

Mwamba actually likened Chisenga to luminary Kennedy Kanyanta as he saw no difference between the now retired 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist and Chisenga, saying his boxer was a Kanyanta ‘reincarnate’.

Kanyanta himself weighed in his support for Chisenga describing him as an excellent boxer who is destined for a high perching in boxing folklore.

Kanyanta is the only other Zambian boxer apart from Lottie Mwale to have won a Commonwealth gold medal.

Kanyanta said he was with Chisenga at the 2007 All-Africa Games in Algeria in his first sight of high-level competition and he later proved to be good as an amateur.

Another Exodus boxer Sherif Kasongo will take on Sacky Shikukutu for the WBO Africa welterweight title.