Kenyan Boxer Daniel Wanyonyi has said that he lost the fight against Tanzanian Boxer Karim Mandonga because he had stayed for long without a fight.
Karim “Mtu Kazi” Mandonga beat Wanyonyi in a non-title super middleweight title fight at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre on Saturday night.
In a fight that witnessed one of the biggest crowd in the Country Wanyonyi, the former Africa Boxing Union (ABU) champion, lost the fight on a technical knockout.
He remained seated at his corner when the sixth round bell sounded forcing the referee to declare Mandonga the winner.
Speaking at the Kothbiro off-season tournament in Ziwani Grounds the former African Champion said that the suspension of Sports in the country due to covid made him rusty.
“I trained well for the fight and as everyone is aware Tanzania didn’t have Covid restrictions and my opponent was actively involved in boxing.
“On my part I had not fought for nearly six years due to the suspension of Sports in the Country, “he lamented.
Wanyonyi a second hand clothes dealer thanked his fans who thronged the venue to witness the match promised to knock out Mandonga in a rematch that is scheduled to take place in April.