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The former World Boxing Organisation (WBO) champion, Thomas Mashali, was laid to rest at Kinondoni Cemetery in Dar es Salaam in a burial ceremony attended by sports fraternity yesterday.
Among the notable ones included his fellow professional boxers, Francis Cheka, Francis Miyeyusho, Japhet Kaseba, the president of Tanzania Professional Boxing Organization’s (TPBO) Yassin Ustadh, the former National team player Athumani Iddi Chuji who joined the deceased’s relatives and friends.
Deeply shocked with the sudden demise of his closest friend, Abdallah Shabani said: « I definitely feel the loss after his death. He was a boxer everyone adored. » Popularly known as Dulla Mbabe, Shaaban praised Mashali as « the fighter, who brought back the lost golden era of boxing and put Tanzania on the map after winning the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) title.
« Tanzania has lost a monumental, unforgettable figure, » added Mbabe. Before his burial, the mourners attended a funeral mass at St Kalori Luwanga Church at Tandale before his body was brought to Kinondoni Cemetery for burial. Thomas Mashali died on Monday of what the police and his close associates claimed to be a mob attack.
According to the report released by Kinondoni Regional Police Commander (RPC), Suzan Kaganda, the late Mashali died of excessive loss of blood inflicted by severe injury from mob attack at a bar in Kimara area. Mashali held WBO and UBO titles prior to his sudden demise.
Prior to his death, MashaIi who was aged 36 had 26 fights totalling 158 rounds. He has won 19 fights, nine of them in knock out. He has lost 5 bouts and drew once. He had won Universal Boxing Organisation and East and Central African Boxing title apart from WBO (World Boxing Organisation), his highest achievement.
Born in Dar es Salaam in 1980 known as Christopher Fabian Mashali, the late boxer made maiden entry to professional boxing on November 27, 2009 when he fought and beat Hamadu Mwalimu in a bout held at Texas Hall at Manzese in Dar es Salaam.
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