VETERAN boxer Francis Miyeyusho retained his WBF bantam weight title with a 10th round technical knockout of Nassib Ramadhan at PTA Hall in Temeke, Dar es Salaam on Sunday night.
Miyeyusho survived an early scare before stopping his opponent in the 12-round super bantamweight fight, attended by the Minister for Information, Youth, Culture and Sports, Dr Fenella Mukangara. While both fighters came out cautiously, Nassib dominated the first couple of rounds, sending a flurry of heavy punches that dazzled his opponent.
Although he showed some signs of ring rust in the early stages, Miyeyusho proved there's still plenty of life left in him yet as the bout wore on.
After he successfully absorbed an early storm by Nassib, Miyeyusho, nicknamed 'Chichi Mawe', started to impose himself into the bout after the sixth round, Nassib apparently appeared exhausted as the bout entered the eighth round and resorted to holding tactics as he sensed the danger of losing the fight.
With Miyeyusho in the ascendancy, it was no wonder the veteran puncher produced a dominant performance to eventually win the thrilling bout. Boxing enthusiasts had lots of fun as both pugilists displayed impressive skills. Guest of honour Dr Mukangara presented the belt to Miyeyusho.
On the undercards, Mohamed Matumla lived up to his reputation as an emerging power puncher with second-round Knockout (KO) of Deo Miyeyusho in Super Featherweight, Fadhil Majiha subdued Juma Fundi on points, while Ibrahim Classic overcame Said Mbugi, also on points.