Africa-Press – Malawi. Malawi Defence Force (MDF) female pugilist Anisha Basheel’s quest for an International Boxing Organisation (IBO) lightweight belt ended in unanimous points defeat.
The Malawian lost to champion Estelle Mosley at Salle Wagram in Paris, France on Friday night. Basheel, who won the African Boxing Union (ABU) and Commonwealth female lightweight titles, tried to meet the unbeaten champion but they were miles apart. Coach Andson Kazembe, who was on Basheel’s corner said it was a difficult fight to keep up with Estelle’s running in the ring.
“She felt bad after the fight because she thought she didn’t perform. We encourage her to hold it up. The opponent is in full camp with the French national Olympic team and she had four warm up fights before meeting Anisha. She is preparing for the Olympic Games that France is hosting next year. Estelle is definitely in the rhythm to fight,” he said.
During the weigh-in session, Basheel was lighter having weighed 60.4kgs whereas the champion weighed 60.9kgs. Following the win, Mosley, 30, improved her record to 10 wins including eight knockouts while Basheel, 25, saw her recording dropping to 11 wins including 10 knockout victories and nine defeats.
Basheel won the African Boxing Union (ABU) title after knocking out Consolata Musanga on December 2, 2017 in Kenya before winning the Commonwealth Female belt on June 15, 2018 when she knocked out Sam SJ Smith in the United Kingdom. In 2019, she failed to defend the Commonwealth belt when she lost to Chantelle Cameron on July 20, 2019.