South Africa-based boxer Hannock ‘Hardknocker’ Phiri knocked-out Byson Gwayani in the seventh round in exciting non-title fight at M1 Centre Point in the capital Lilongwe on Sunday.
Phiri sent Gwayani to the canvas in the sixth round with a right punch followed by left to the temple. He delivered a similar package in the first 15 seconds of the seventh round which felled Gwayani to end the competition.
Gwayani is considered one of the most promising fighters on the local scene, it was his fourth loss in 20 bouts, having won 16.
Phiri said: “I lived up to my word to win by a TKO which I did. He was no match for me and I will now challenge for the belt he is holding. I thank the promoters for arranging this fight.”
Gwayani admitted that he was up against a good opponent.
“He had great endurance. There was a time I thought I had him, but he recovered,” Gwayani said.
He added: “I will just have to work extra hard and to plan my game properly next time.”
Promoter of the bout Patrick Ngwenyama promised the fans a good fight and he added that Boxing is growing and they want to keep it that way.
Meanwhile, Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board (MPBCB) president Lonzoe Zimba faulted Gwayani for using the wrong strategy.