Wanyonyi wants third fight against Mandonga after silencing big-talking Tanzanian in rematch

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BOXING Wanyonyi wants third fight against Mandonga after silencing big-talking Tanzanian in rematch

Joel Omotto 15:30 - 23.07.2023

The Kenyan boxer is seeking another opportunity to teach ‘Mtu Kazi’ more lessons following Saturday’s victory via a unanimous decision

Kenyan pugilist Daniel Wanyonyi already wants a third fight against big-talking Tanzanian Karim ‘Mtu Kazi’ Mandonga after finally getting his revenge following a win via a unanimous decision in their rematch at Sarit Centre in Nairobi on Saturday night.

Mandonga had beaten Wanyonyi via a fifth-round knockout in the first fight in January but any hopes of making it two in a row were extinguished by the well-prepared Kenyan.

Wanyonyi dominated the non-title light heavyweight rematch, taking control as early as the fourth round and delivering decisive blows in the sixth and 10th rounds.

The former Africa Boxing Union light-heavy champion sent Mandonga to the canvas twice in the sixth and tenth rounds after the Tanzanian had controlled the fight in the opening three rounds.

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However, the 40-year-old Kenyan outsmarted him in the subsequent rounds to gain his revenge in the non-title fight and now wants another one to “teach him more lessons.”

“This victory means a lot to me because I am not only back but I am much better than before,” Wanyonyi said after the fight, as quoted by Nation.

“I also told you that I had not trained well when I met Mandonga for the first time. He felt what I am made of and I want a rematch to teach him more lessons,” he added.

Wanyonyi attributed the victory to proper training having admitted in January that he was not fit due to a lack of preparations after seeing his programme disrupted by COVID-19 as well as witnessing his business razed down by fire at the Gikomba market.

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Following Saturday’s win, the 40-year-old’s record now stands at (29-15-2) to Mandonga’s (6-4-2).