Bashir, Simwaka world title bouts rescheduled

Women’s International Boxing Association (Wiba) world title bouts for Malawi top female boxers Anisha ‘The Massacre’ Bashir and Ellen ‘The Tigress’ Simwaka have been postponed to later dates.

Bashir was expected to face defending champion Kenyan Evelyn Odero in a Wiba super lightweight world title fight at Charter Hall in Nairobi last weekend while Simwaka was scheduled to take on Zambian Lina Kasweka in Wiba super bantamweight world title bout at Government Complex in Lusaka last week.

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Bashir’s manager Clyde Musonda yesterday said the Commonwealth lightweight champion’s bout has since been shifted to December 13, but she might not make it as she is undergoing military training at the Malawi Defence Force (MDF).

“So, Anisha will resume boxing once she is back. I spoke to the promoter who advised us to wait as she will be considered again for the fight after she completes her military training,” he said.

Musonda explained that the Wiba sanctioning board told him that they advised the promoter of the bout to postpone the fight because there were other conditions the promoter failed to meet in time.   

The 23-year-old Bashir, whose record shows eight knockout (KO) wins and six defeats, was hesitant to comment on the latest developments.

As for Simwaka, her bout was shifted to February 2020 after promoters failed to secure sponsorship from private and public sectors in Zambia.

Simwaka, 23, said although she was disappointed with the postponement, she is ready for the challenge next year. The former World Boxing Federation (WBF) international bantamweight champion has a record of seven wins (five knockouts), a draw and five losses (two TKOs).

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