10 December 2012

Zambia: Boxers Shine At Zone Six Games

ZAMBIAN boxers continued to dominate at the on-going 2012 Supreme Council for Sports in Africa (SCSA) Zone Six Youth Games except for Charles Lumbwe who succumbed to defeat.

However, Lumbwe remained in contention for a medal as the tournament is being held on a round-robin basis.

Despite Lumbwe suffering his first defeat, coach Kennedy Kanyanta remained optimistic that the light-welterweight boxer was man enough to deliver gold.

After a hugely successful day-one in which all three boxers won, Zambia still managed to come out victorious winning two of the three bouts on day-two.

First out to fight was lightweight Lawrence Mukuta who came up against Babui Tsephang of Botswana and the Zambian was all over his opponent battering him in all three rounds.

Mukuta won the fight with a dominant 18-6 score to the delight of the partisan crowd at Mulungushi International Conference Centre.

Next out for Zambia was Lumbwe who fought South Africa's Richard de Silver in what was the fight of the day before succumbing to a 7-6 judges score defeat.

After a bright start in the first round, Lumbwe looked flat in the second and even after coming into the third and final rounds, all guns blazing, the damage had already been done and lost via a tight score.

With South Africa enjoying bragging rights over Zambia, it was left to welterweight Ben Sakutamba to restore some pride and bragging rights when he faced South Africa's Robert Khumalo.

Sakutamba simply dominated Khumalo and took all three rounds easily and won the bout with a 9-3 score to give Zambia hope of the four gold medals promised by the boxing team.

Kanyanta was happy with the performance of his boxers saying all was on track and that even with Lumbwe's loss, nothing had changed.

"Lumbwe lost because the Zambian boxers were starved yesterday, we were told we need coupons to eat and the coupons were not delivered, but anyway, he is a good boxer and one of my four gold medal hopefuls," he said.

Other bouts saw South Africa's Lerato Dlamini defeat Alberto Mucamba of Mozambique with a second round stoppage while Swaziland's Thembaka Zulu retired in the second round.

Namibian Abel Mikasiu defeated Lebotsa Ramabilikoe of Lesotho with 10-7 score while Jonas junior of Namibia defeated Mathule Augusto of Mozambique 23-18 and later Tenonho Ramokoena beating Dikerna Tsepiso.

Other bouts saw Mozambique's Manuel Cossa Lourenco defeat Max Ipinge 16-12 with Malawi's Steven Maliko dominating Tseisa Litheo before winning 8-2.

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