Ben Muziyo in Beijing 2008 Olympics

Ben Muziyo in Beijing 2008 Olympics

Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games-bound boxer Ben Muziyo was by far the most impressive pugilist at the three-day United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) general assembly international friendly boxing tournament between Zambia and Namibia at the refurbished Rock Café in Livingstone.

Muziyo, from Kalewa, pummeled his Namibian counterpart Njolonomu Paulinus 3-0 in the middleweight category before a vociferous crowd that had thronged the Rock Café, singing lelo lelo and the famous Chipolopolo anthem even though the Zambia national soccer team had lost to Zimbabwe in the African Nations Championship qualifier. But there was no way Muziyo was going to lose as he gave his opponent little space right from the beginning in the three round bout.

All the three judges had no option but to unanimously give him the match.

Although Namibian coach Mistake Ganiseb thought lowly of the Zambians, he was impressed with the quality of Muziyo. And if national team coach Kennedy Kanyanta was impressed with the performance of the team, it must be with the performance of Muziyo.

The international fights started with Zambian boxer Oliver Sikazwe beating Amukwa Jafet of Namibia 3-0 in the flyweight category.

But Kelvin Ilunga failed to do the same against an impressive Jacob Jacob in the same category despite receiving massive support from the crowd.

The same happened to Hilary Chola against Kakololo Nathaniel in the lightweight category, losing 3-0, and temporary damping the morale of the fans. But Dennis Kanyola leveled matters between the two countries with a 2-1 win over Shaningwa Leonard in the same weight category.

Boxing in zimbabweThereafter, African Zone Six Senior Championship bronze medalist Mbachi Kaonga punished Kangundwe Ebenezer with a 3 – 0 score in the middleweight category before Muziyo wrapped up victory for Zambia in the last fight.

Earlier, the fight between Daliso Mwewa of Lusaka City Council (LCC) and the highly rated Davies Mwale of Oriental stables of Lusaka was declared a no contest with one of the boxers reported to have suffered an injury.

Martin Ngoma of Livingstone beat Webster Chiyaba of LCC in the junior flyweight category while Maybin Mwale of LCC retired in the junior bantamweight fight against Misheck Mwewa of Choma.

Martin Goma of Livingstone also beat Michael Mwewa of LCC 3-0 in the bantamweight category.



Date: 27 August 2013