Chaos in La­gos as Sting falls

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Lang­ton Nyak­wenda

THE much-awaited re­match was dubbed “Chaos in La­gos” and it in­deed ended in chaotic fash­ion for Zim­bab­wean cruiser-weight cham­pion Chamunorwa “Sting” Gonorenda who lost his WBF African ti­tle via a sixth round TKO to Nige­ria’s Tony Salam on Fri­day night.

The 35-year-old Salam cried foul af­ter he lost to Gonorenda by a con­tro­ver­sial unan­i­mous de­ci­sion at the Harare In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence Cen­tre on Au­gust 31, and the Nige­rian got his re­venge on home soil with a tech­ni­cal knock­out at the Fed­eral Palace.

Af­ter hold­ing on for five rounds, 34-year-old Gonorenda lost bal­ance in the sixth and Salam forced him onto the ropes be­fore un­leash­ing a bar­rage of punches that forced the ref­eree to stop the match.

Speak­ing to The Sun­day Mail Sport from La­gos yes­ter­day morn­ing, a de­fi­ant Gonorenda blamed fa­tigue and Nige­ria’s hu­mid con­di­tions for the de­feat.

Fri­day night’s de­feat was Gonorenda’s the first in six bouts, and his record now stands at 12-13-0. South­paw Salam im­proved his record to 12-2-0.

“I lost my bal­ance and he (Salam) took ad­van­tage, ob­vi­ously un­der nor­mal cir­cum­stances one would cer­tainly grab that op­por­tu­nity but I thought the ref­eree was too pro­tec­tive.

“Yes, I lost the fight but I am not de­feated. I would want to fight Tony Salam again, any­time and he knows it,” de­clared Gonorenda.

The fight was pro­moted by South Africa-based Kalakoda who, ac­cord­ing to Gonorenda’s camp, hinted at a thrird in­stall­ment of the saga.

“I like what Kalakoda is do­ing but it’s so hard to travel a long dis­tance, rest a sin­gle day and then fight un­der very hu­mid con­di­tions.

“The weather had a neg­a­tive im­pact on me, the con­di­tions were not favourable for me to win the fight. I know I should not be say­ing this be­cause peo­ple will see me as a cry baby but the place is very hot and hu­mid so I should have come and ac­cli­ma­tised. Any­way, it’s just a mat­ter of time be­fore I re­claim my belt,” said Gonorenda.

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