Phiri off to TZ for UBO title

Hannock Phiri

World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) lightweight champion, Hannock Phiri has expressed optimism that he would bring home another international belt as he faces Tanzanian Cosmas Cheka on Sunday.

Phiri left the country on Monday evening to Morogoro, Tanzania for the World title UBO Welterweight Championship.

Despite getting little support from well-wishers to prepare for the fight, the National junior welterweight champion said he is confident that he will win the title.

“We are done with the preparations. We still had challenges with lack of support, but I am optimistic that I will do better. I appreciate the support from my coach Godzilla Chimpango and Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB) president Lonzoe Zimba who offered their assistance so that I should push my preparations.

"My colleague, Byson Gwayani also played a big role helping me in training and I can assure them all that I will not disappoint with the outcome,” Phiri said.

Phiri returned from South Africa some weeks ago, where he had been training in preparation for the bout.

Back home, he continued his training sessions in Lilongwe, with support from Gwayani.

Interestingly, Phiri knocked out Gwayani to win the National junior welterweight title.

Phiri captured in the Gym in RSA

In an interview on Monday, Gwayani said boxing is a sport and there is no enmity, and that is why he decided to offer a hand.

“Hannock is my brother. Yes, he knocked me twice, but this is for the country. He is going there to represent the country, and therefore his success will be for us all. I know he will make us all proud,” he said.

Brotherly love, Phiri and Gwayani take a picture in the Gym 

The 21-year-old boasts of five technical knockouts (TKO) and no draw, no loss in his six professional bouts.

Popularly known as Hardknocker in the ring, the boxer won the WPBF title in Zambia last year after defeating Hilary Kataya.

This time the setting for the UBO title is Jamuhuri Stadium in Morogoro.