Simwaka loses title bout


South Africa-based boxer Ellen ‘Tigress’ Simwaka on Saturday failed to wrestle the African World Boxing Federation (WBF) bantamweight title from South African Bukiwe Nonina in Soweto, Johannesburg.

The blossoming Malawian boxer, who lost on unanimous points decision albeit narrowly, said she felt robbed.

“I am very disappointed because the results were not a true reflection of the bout.

“In all fairness, I believe I won the bout and I am at pains to accept the results,” she said in an interview from Johannesburg yesterday.

Simwaka: I am at pains to accept the results

Two judges scored 94-95 while the other scored it 94-100, in favour of the South African.

Nevertheless, Simwaka whose record now stands at seven wins (5KOs), four losses and two draws, said she will challenge Nonina again.

The 22-year-old  became eligible for the bout  after winning the WBF international title in June this year.

Nonina, 26,  now boasts 13 wins (2KOs), three losses (2KOs) and a draw.

A fan who watched the bout posted on said: “Ellen has been robbed, she dominated the fight throughout, she was the one scoring more and aggressive.”

However, Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board president Lozoe Defector Zimba said all is not lost for Simwaka.

“There could be some truth in her claims that she was robbed, but she nee

ds to put that aside and move on,” he said. n

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