Phiri, Gwayani gear up for title fight

Boxing

Saturday, November 27 promises to produce exciting entertainment for boxing lovers as Hannock Phiri and Byson Gwayani exchange brawls for the 12 round national lightweight fight at Kumbali Farm in Lilongwe.

If not the first time, then after a long time, boxing spectators will enjoy the fights at night starting from 6 pm, unlike the usual setup where pugilist start exchanging fights as early as 2pm.

Phiri, who just returned from Tanzania last month where he fought for another title fight that ended in a draw, has been practicing at his base in Blantyre, while his opponent was also busy in Lilongwe.

The two met for the first time to years ago where Phiri emerged the winner to grab the belt from Gwayani.

This time, Gwayani fondly called 'Fusofighter', believes is the right time for revenge.

“I am fighting for a revenge. I must get what belongs to me and I have to fight Hannock to get it back. I promise my fans to give them a good fight,” he said.

Phiri, also known as the 'Hardknocker' is the current World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) said in an interview that he is fighting to retain the belt back in Blantyre.

“I understand I snatched this belt from him, and he will come with all the energy to grab it back but am also alert and ready to show him that I am the champion. One champion at a time,” he said.

Spectators will have to part ways with K40, 000 and K60, 000 to buy entry tickets which way more than what they normally pay during the day on fights staged at other venues.

Kumbali Farm office administrator, Sharon Madanitsa justified the pricing saying it is high time the sport is regarded as business so that the pugilists also benefit.

In the supporting fights, Dickson Saidi will brush shoulders with Lewis Nkhata, while Wongani Kainga will face Alexander Lingande.

Female boxers Fatima and Chimwemwe will also spice up the bout.