Boxing Sport

Oust ZBF executive, Bwalya tells councillors

TENDAI Phiri (Left) unleashes a punch on Patrick Banda’s face during the Agricultural and Commercial Show boxing tournament flyweight bout in Lusaka yesterday. PICTURE: BRIAN MALAMA

VETERAN boxer Hastings Bwalya has called on Zambia Boxing Federation (ZBF) councillors to oust the Thomas Chileshe-led executive during Saturday’s elective annual general meeting (AGM) in Kabwe.
And Midlands Amateur Boxing Association (MABA) general secretary Christian Kalima has appealed to the ZBF executive to circulate the agenda of the meeting.
Bwalya, a 2007 Algiers All-Africa Games gold medallist, said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that there is need for councillors to vote for people with fresh ideas.
He alleged that the standard of boxing has gone down due to poor management.
“I have fought both as an amateur and as a professional boxer. But today, I am at pains to see the way boxing is being handled. The standard of the sport has gone down,” said Bwalya, who was flanked by boxing promoter Anthony Mwamba.
He accused the current executive of failing to run the sport.
Chileshe is being challenged by his deputy, Kennedy Mubita, who is being backed by MABA, Copperbelt Amateur Boxing Association and Southern Province Amateur Boxing Association.
Bwalya also won a gold medal at the African Championship in Madagascar.
He also had a stint at Empire Boxing Promotion in the United States of America and trained with Floyd Mayweather.
Meanwhile, Kalima said the agenda of the meeting was supposed to have been circulated two weeks ago.
He also urged the ZBF executive to circulate financial reports for the last four years.

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