Amateur boxing tourney thrills Lusaka fans

VETERAN boxing promoter Antony Mwamba, who is Exodus Boxing Academy director, says the sponsorship of the 2016 Samsung boxing tournament at the Olympic Youth Development Centre (OYDC) is worth emulating.

Mwamba said that it was encouraging that young pugilists representing different clubs have continued to participate in the youth tournament at the OYDC which was likely to produce future athletes who will represent the country at the youth Olympics.

He said coaches and boxers should use the Samsung Boxing Youth Sport Challenge to shape their boxing careers so that the country could continue to reap medals and trophies during regional and international tournaments.

Speaking shortly after witnessing the boxers size each other in the 25-49kgs weight categories at the weekend, Mwamba said he was amused with the performances of the boys and girls and urged the coaches not to be reluctant to train the young ones in order to improve their boxing skills.

Nine boxing clubs took part in the youth tournament which included Rising Hope, Youth Empowerment, Youth Amory, Njobvu, Olynpafrica, Green Buffaloes and Club MK. In all 74 boxers, of which 12 were girls, slugged it out in 37 bouts.

Meanwhile, hundreds of boxing enthusiasts who thronged the Olympic Youth Development Centre were entertained with breath-taking amateur  fights from boxers below the age of 15.

There was jubilation from spectators as the boxers exchanged punches, with some weak opponents knocked out.

The Samsung boxing tournament has proved to be a crowd puller, attracting hundreds of spectators.

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