Big-talking Karim Mandonga gets destroyed with six-round knockout in Morogoro

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Big-talking Karim Mandonga gets destroyed with six-round knockout in Morogoro

Festus Chuma 12:34 - 12.04.2024

Tanzanian boxer Karim Mandonga faces a tough battle outside the ring with a health scare following latest loss.

Tanzanian boxer Karim Mandonga suffered a significant defeat in the Morogoro Region on Thursday night, with orthodox boxer Mada Maugo delivering a technical knockout in the sixth round.

The event, which drew considerable attention due to the high stakes and the personalities involved, ended with Mandonga being overwhelmed by a decisive punch to the chin, causing the referee, Pendo Njau, to halt the match.

Maugo's victory was attributed to a calm and calculated approach, advice he credited to his coach and wife. 

"My coach, who is my wife, told me to be calm in the ring. I have fulfilled that. If I meet Mandonga anywhere, I will still beat him again," Maugo stated confidently after the fight. 

On the other side, Mandonga's camp downplayed the loss hinting a rematch between the two Tanzanian fighters.

"Maugo can't bother me; it's just a game. He doesn't have the ability to take me on canvas," he retorted.

However, this setback raises questions about Mandonga's future in the sport, especially considering his recent ban from participating in fights pending a comprehensive health evaluation at Muhimbili National Hospital. 

Karim Mandonga

The concern stemmed from Mandonga's aggressive fight schedule, having entered the ring nine times in just 11 months.

Mandonga, known for his charisma and theatrics outside the ring, became a fan favorite after defeating Kenya's Daniel Wanyonyi via a technical knockout in a non-title super middleweight fight at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) on January 12, 2023. 

His antics and the unusual practice of naming his fists—'Sugunyo' for the right and 'Kinguki' for the left—have contributed to his persona as much as his performances in the ring.

Despite his professional record standing at 24-15-2 this recent loss paints a challenging picture for Mandonga. 

Once celebrated for his knockout power and entertaining pre-fight banter he now faces scrutiny over his ability to compete at the highest levels especially after his health scare and this latest defeat. 

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