The renowned Tanzanian boxer, Karim Mandonga, also known as ‘Mtu Kazi,’ has been temporarily prohibited from participating in boxing matches until he undergoes comprehensive medical examinations. This decision was made by the Tanzanian Professional Boxing Regulatory Commission (TPBRC), citing concerns about his health.
The TPBRC expressed worry about Mandonga’s overall health due to his frequent participation in fights, having taken part in nine bouts in just 11 months. He was scheduled to face Muller Jr in Zanzibar on August 27th, marking his tenth fight during this period. The TPBRC clarified that Mandonga would only be allowed to return to the ring after confirming his medical fitness.
Mandonga’s boxing activity has been remarkable, with him competing in four bouts within a span of 35 days, including three fights in just one week. This extraordinary feat has left the boxing community astonished. Notably, he suffered two consecutive losses, the latest being a technical knockout against Ugandan boxer Moses Golola in Mwanza, just over a week ago, following his defeat to Kenya’s Daniel Wanyonyi the previous weekend.
George Lukindo, the secretary-general of the TPBRC, announced at a press conference held at Muhimbili National Hospital that Mandonga would need to undergo an MRI test after the TKO against Golola. He emphasized that any boxer who experiences a technical knockout (TKO) is required to undergo tests or have a doctor evaluate them for any potential effects from their match.
Despite undergoing the necessary tests, Mandonga remained determined to participate in the fight scheduled for Sunday, August 27th.
The TPBRC’s concerns arise just a week after they defended Mandonga, fondly referred to as ‘Mtu Kazi,’ regarding his frequent fights. The commission’s president, Chaurembo Palasa, argued that continuous participation in matches is not a problem as long as the boxer is in good health and cleared by a doctor.
Many social media users have supported the commission’s decision, expressing their alarm at the frequency of Mandonga’s fights. The 44-year-old boxer has a record of six wins, four draws, and three losses in his career.