Malawi female boxer Anisha ‘The Massacre’ Bashir lived up to her fierce nickname Friday night, when she knocked out (KO) Samantha ‘SJ’ Smith in the first-round to win the vacant Commonwealth (British Empire) Female Lightweight Title.
At York Hall in the United Kingdom, the 20-year-old, who made her professional boxing debut in 2015, it took her less than two minutes to demolish her 38-year-old opponent and register an eighth knockout victory in 13 bouts.
On the other hand, Smith has suffered her second KO defeat in 10 bouts. Her record indicates eight wins [four KOs] and two losses.
The latest development means Bashir has added a second international belt on her shoulder as she also holds the Africa Boxing Union (ABU) Super Lightweight title she obtained in December 2017 after she floored Kenyan Consolata Masunga in a 10-round bout.
A match report posted on www.worldboxingnews.net, showed that the No Pain No Gain Boxing stable fighter was just too much for Smith.
“In the female Commonwealth title bout, Anisha showed incredible power to daze and floor Smith just after the opening bell at York Hall,” the report explained.
Malawi Professional Boxing Control President Lonzoe Zimba has described Bashir’s victory as a breakthrough for Malawi female boxers.
He has since urged boxing lovers to be at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe to welcome the triumphant boxer.
“We are proud of Bashir’s success and this is the best achievement by a Malawian female boxer,” Zimba said.