Boxing Sport

Muziyo bags bronze

BEN Muziyo (left) during the semi-final fight against Cameroonian boxer Seyi Ntsengue; Ben lost unanimously by three points to nil in order to win a Bronze Medal during the All-Africa Games middleweight bout at Talangai Sports Hall in Brazzaville on Fiday night. PICTURE: JEAN MANDELA

STEPHEN PHIRI, Brazzaville
BOXER Ben Muziyo on Friday night bagged Zambia’s first medal at the 2015 All-Africa Games.
Middleweight Muziyo lost 3-0 to Seyi Ntsengue of Cameroon in a semi-final bout to settle for a bronze medal.
Muziyo’s poor guard was his undoing.
He started on a roaring note unleashing punches that threatened Ntsengue’s passage to the final.
Ntsengue exposed Muziyo’s guard in the second round and the knock-out bell was sounded but the Zambian did not surrender.
The lanky Cameroonian went for a kill in the last round as Muziyo tried to remain on his feet.
Ntsengue unleashed a series of punches sending Muziyo to the ropes prompting the second knock-out bell to be sounded.
Ntsengue deservedly won the fight 28-29, 27-28, 27-30.
Muziyo accepted defeat.
“It is good I have won a bronze medal but my plan was to go all the way and win a silver or gold medal but my opponent had too much power,” Muziyo said.
He said there is need to build on his achievement ahead of next year’s World Championships and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games qualifiers.
Muziyo, a bronze medallist at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, called for early preparations if boxers are to perform to expectation at continental and international competitions.
“We need to camp early, we lack endurance and it is an effort to win medals,” he said.
Muziyo said the Zambia Boxing Federation and the corporate world should partner to develop the sport.
Muziyo’s achievement brings the number of medals won at the All-Africa Games to 33 overall.
The record stands at four gold, five silver and 24 bronze medals.
National boxing team coach Kennedy Kanyanta equally accepted defeat.
“It is a great effort he [Muziyo] has put in and the race ends here. I expected something big but I appreciate because the Cameroonian had too much power and Muziyo could not withstand the punches,” Kanyanta said.
He said the boxers and the technical staff have learnt lessons from the Brazzaville outing.
“So far so good with some boxers and we have learnt lessons and it adds up to our experience,” Kanyanta said.
He said preparations for the World Championships and Olympic Games qualifiers should start immediately.
Kanyanta said with good planning, the pugilists have the ability to achieve glory.
Meanwhile, 100m runners Sydney Siame and Brian Kasinda start the campaign for medals today.
Siame, who made history last month by racing against legend Usain Bolt at the World Championship in Beijing, has a personal best of 10.18 seconds.
Kasinda’s personal best is 10.26 seconds.

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