Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB) president Lonzoe ‘Defector’ Zimba has turned down an offer from WPBF and USBC to become their regional representative and supervisor for East and Central Africa.
In an interview yesterday, Zimba confirmed turning down the offer from World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) and United States Boxing Council (USBC) because he is already committed to World Boxing Council (WBC) and African Boxing Union (ABU).
Part of the letter from the international bodies’ president David Young dated November 29, acknowledging Zimba’s refusal to take up the post which The Nation has seen, reads: “I regret to hear that you cannot accept our appointment because you are committed to WBC and ABU.
“I can understand your situation, looking forward to working with you in the future.”
On whether this is not a missed opportunity, Zimba said he consulted widely before coming up with the decision.
He said: “We had to weigh on where we stand to benefit more as MPBCB because we cannot belong to two world boxing bodies at the same time. I can’t serve two masters at once.
“So, we settled for WBC because it is an established and a recognised institution worldwide and we are already in a good working relationship.”
WPBF is an international body that sanctions professional boxing matches and awards a world championship title and subordinate championship title.