FOUR Zambian fighters put on a spirited display at the Ace Championship in South Africa on Saturday, winning two fights and showcasing their resilience against tough competition.
The event, featuring participants from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola, DR Congo, and Zambia, saw Zambia secure victories in both the female and male categories.
Miracle Chipito, dazzled the audience with a strategic performance, earning a unanimous decision in her favor.
Portus Chama, delivered a dominant performance, clinching a TKO victory in Round 2. He displayed impressive striking and takedown techniques, controlling the fight throughout.
After securing a takedown in the second round, his opponent sustained a shoulder injury, allowing Chama to capitalize and finish the fight with decisive strikes.
And when Mwelwa Nkhata faced a fierce opponent and fell short in a close split decision, showing the intense level of competition.
Meanwhile Mutinta Mweemba lost her chance to bring home the Women’s featherweight world Championship title after losing to South African Kiara Fegen.
Despite facing opponents from higher weight classes, the Zambian fighters’ performance left a lasting impression on MMA Zambia president Benjamin Bush who expressed immense pride and recognized the valuable lessons learned from both wins and losses.
“The odds were stacked against us but we still came out with two wins and a fearsome reputation,” he said.
“The promotion was very accommodating but the opponents where mostly from weight classes above. We will learn from these losses.”
By Moses Makwaya
Kalemba February 12, 2024