ZAMBIAN boxer Pethias Chisenga on Friday night lost his chance to win the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa flyweight title after he was beaten by Namibian rival Abmerk Shindjuu, who reclaimed the belt.
Chisenga, who was facing Shindjuu for the third time after sharing spoils in two previous bouts, met his match and lost on points after gruelling 12 rounds fight at the Windhoek Country Club Resort in Namibia.
Despite the defeat, Chisenga remained positive saying he lost a fight he felt he should have won but praised his coach, Anthony Mwamba for preparing him for such a big fight where he did not embarrass himself.
”I outpointed my opponent (Shindjuu) and I believe that I won the fight but the judges decided otherwise. Thanks to my coach because he has done a commendable job,” he said.
Anthony Mwamba, who is also the proprietor of Exodus International Boxing Promotions (EIBP), described the fight as fair.
He, however, regretted that Chisenga had lost a rare opportunity to become a World champion and further climbing the boxing ladder insisting that his boxer deserved the win after putting up a gallant fight.
”Zambian flyweight boxer Pethias Chisenga has lost the WBO title fight on points in an exciting fight over 12 rounds. The fight was very tough although I believe Pethias deserved to win this one,” he said.
As Chisenga was losing his flyweight title fight, another Exodus boxer Sheriff Kasongo was equally beaten on points by Sacky Shikukutu for the WBO Africa welterweight title.
”It was fortunate the judges saw it other way but I am proud of my boxers for they are world class material. Even the WBO/African president Andrew Simale was very happy with the performance of my boxers,” he said.
Mwamba added that Kasongo, who is a Congolese born boxer, fought so well that he was the people’s champion and was actually appreciated like a winner of the bout.
Times of Zambia