Boxer Salimu Chazama has shifted focus to international fights after beating Chrispin Molati on Boxing Day.
The 19-year-old Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier, who has won all his five professional fights since turning professional early this year, declared that he has come to professional boxing to stay.
In his first bout, he beat Robert Kachiza (twice), then Godwin Manda before knocking out Tanzanian West Lloyd in June in Zambia.
“I am now asking promoters to arrange an international fight for me. I fight in the lightweight category and the champion was Moliati. Now that I have beaten him, it means I have no match in this country,” said Chazama in an interview yesterday.
Renowned sports figure Chiku Kalilombe said Chazama has a great future in boxing.
“He can be the next Isaac Chilemba if properly groomed. Imagine, Moliati hit the canvas four times. It was an impressive performance,” said Kalilombe who has asked MDF to nurture Chazama.
Kalilombe has also advised Chazama to desist from bad habits.
“If he can maintain good habits and not get carried away with drunkenness or engaging in reckless lifestyles, he can go far,” said Kalilombe.
Gomez Boxing Promotions, who sposorsed the fight against Moliati, says it will try to look for a suitable opponent for Chazama from either Zambia or Zimbabwe.
“Next year, our priority will be to arrange for an international fight for him. The way he is fighting he cannot disgrace us,” said the agency director Gomezgani Mwandira.