World Boxing Federation (WBF) All Africa Cruiserweight Champion Chamunorwa “Sting” Gonorenda retained his title with a split decision over British-based Nigerian Tony Salam on Friday night, August 31, at the International Conference Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe.
The local favourite had plenty of trouble getting the upper hand against the crafty Southpaw visitor, and a point deduction for Salem in the tenth and final round, for spitting out his mouth-piece, ended up costing the challenger a draw.
Judges Phumeza Zinakile and Eddie Marshall both scored the fight 95-94 for Gonorenda, who improved his record to 12-12 (7), while judge Patrick Mkondiwa had it 96-93 for Salam, now 11-2 (6). A rematch is reportedly in the works for Nigeria in late October.
In the co-featured bout, Namibian Lukas Ndafoluma successfully defended the WBF Intercontinental Middleweight title just four weeks after winning it, when Tanzanian challenger Hussein Itaba dislocated a shoulder and retired at the start of round four.
Nicknamed “The Demolisher”, Ndafoluma is now 13-1 (5) having also captured the IBO All Africa title last year. Unlucky Itaba, who was expected to provide a good test for Ndafoluma despite mediocre statistics, drops to 4-2-2 (3).
Billed as “A Fistful of Dollars”, the World Boxing Federation (WBF) double-header was promoted by Kalakoda Promotions and televised live by Kwesé Sports.