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Matumla wins bantamweight title, Cheka retains middleweight crown
 
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December 21, 2009 / BY UBO PRESS OFFICER   

 
In what can only be described as a very big night for Tanzanian boxing, two of the countries stars were impressive in Universal Boxing Organization Intercontinental title fights on December 19 at the PTA Hall in Dar Es Salaam.
 
World class bantamweight Mbwana Matumla lifted the vacant UBO I/C title with a fifth round knockout over Festus Omondi from Uganda, while Cheka retained the middleweight version with a second-round blowout of late substitute, former Brazilian champion Isak Tavares.

Matumla, who now boasts a record of 19-4, 11 KOs, and is a former IBO world champion, scored three knocdowns in the fifth round on his way to finishing off the visitor. Omondi, who gave a very spirited performance, saw his record fall to 8-2, 6 KOs.

Francis Cheka was originally scheduled to fight Enrique Areco from Argentina, but something went wrong on the way to Dar Es Salaam, and the promoters managed to bring in Isak Tavarez at the last minute. Tavarez tried, but Cheka was just too strong and had no trouble beating the South American by knockout in round two.

 
Cheka improved his record to 19-6-1, 13 KOs, Tavarez is now 14-8, 4 KOs. The fights were promoted by Prime Time Promotions, and supervised by UBO All-Africa commissioner Emmanuel Mlundwa.

   

Photo: New UBO Intercontinental Bantamweight champion Mbwana Matumla.

 

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