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Matumla Still I-C Champ After Tremendous Fight

 
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May 2, 2011 / BY UBO PRESS OFFICER

 
 
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In an amazing battle, Universal Boxing Organization™ Inter-Continental Bantamweight Champion Mbwana Matumla retained his title Sunday night at the PTA Hall in Dar Es Salaam when he won a unanimous decision over late substitute Gabriel Ochieng from Kenya.

 
 

It looked as if Matumla, now 20-6 (11) and a former IBO World Champion, would have an easy night, as Ochieng, 7-3-2 (1), started the bout very cautious and retreating in the first round. A right hand made the challenger kneel and take a count, but he got up and came out for round two as a revived fighter.  

From that point on it was a very entertaining fight, as the two boxers stood toe-to-toe and traded punches. Most of the middle rounds were even and hard to score, and after nine back-and-forth rounds it was anybody’s guess who would come out victorious.

However, in round ten Matumla took over and proved his class. The Tanzanian had lots of success with his power-punches, and Ochieng started to look like a spend force. In the eleventh Ochieng was knocked down again, this time by a sharp right-left combination from the Southpaw champion, and the visitor received massive applause from the spectators for getting up and making it through the round.  

In round twelve Ochieng again looked like a new man, and came out all guns blazing, knowing he likely had to stop Matumla to win the title. Matumla managed to fend him off, and it turned out to be too late for the hungry Kenyan.    

The three judges had Matumla winning by scores of 114-112 (Hassan Mwingira), 116-113 (Jalus Ligongo) and 117-112 (Billy Kiremi). Referee was Anthony Ruta.   

UBO Inter-Continental Bantamweight Champion Mbwana Matumla

 

Both fighters deserves a lot of credit for putting up an incredible fight like this, and it was fantastic to see that Ochieng, who came in on only a few days notice to replace countryman Twalib Mubiru, didn’t just turn up for a pay-day but gave everything he had. He didn’t get the victory, but he gained a lot of respect from everybody at ringside.

 

 

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