The wish to add another international title to his boxing accolades hit a snag for Malawian boxer Hannock Phiri as he lost on points to Tanzania’s Cosmas Cheka in the fight for UBO title on Sunday night.
Phiri, the World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) champion faced Cheka in a 12-round fight at Jamhuri Stadium in Morogoro, Tanzania.
The National junior welterweight champion camped in South Africa for two months in preparation for the bout before he returned home to intensify training in Lilongwe.
Despite lack of support from well-wishers, with only the few including Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPCB) president, Lonzoe Zimba, and fellow boxer Byson Gwayani, Phiri withstood the heat and twice managed to floor the Tanzanian.
However, the judges had a different view based on their technical experience and gave it against the Malawian. Phiri could not be reached for a comment.
Last year, Phiri won the WPBF after defeating Zambia’s Hilary Kataya.
He still boasts of seven professional fights with six knockouts (TKO), no draw and one loss to Cheka in his professional career.