FORMER Zambian heavyweight boxing champion Joseph ‘‘No Pressure’’ Chingangu is battling for his life at Levy Mwanawasa Hospital after being badly assaulted by University of Zambia students on Sunday night.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga confirmed that Chingangu, 48, was between 21 and 22:00 hours on Sunday attacked by a mob of students after he was accused of trying to steal a laptop from a student.
According to a photo pasted on Facebook, the former boxing champion is seen lying unconscious and stripped to his underpants in a pool of blood.
Mr Hamoonga however warned members of the public against engaging in instant justice.
Chingangu was earlier this year acquitted by the Lusaka Magistrates Court on charges of theft of a motor vehicle for lack of witnesses.
During his career, Chingangu fought prominent boxers like Wladmir Klitschko and was last in the ring in October 2012 when he beat Zimbabwean Elvis Moyo in a non-title fight in Johannesburg.Among his exploits, Chingangu, beat Ghanaian Paakwesi Ankrah in March 2008 to win the vacant African Boxing Union (ABU) heavyweight title and three months later defended it successfully against Osborne Machimana of South Africa.He later knocked out Nigerian Adewale Abbey in November 2009 to keep the ABU heavyweight title.
In his professional career, Chingangu had a record of 36 fights, with 27 wins and nine losses.