Agnes Mtimaukanena's camp has demanded that neutral officials should officiate the highly anticipated World Boxing Forum Africa title bout between the boxer and Happiness Nkhoma penciled for this Sunday at Nankhaka ground.
In an email communication to National Professional Boxing Committee, Mtimaukanena's promoter and manager Steve Mawenzi Msiska of Ngumi Boxing Stable has requested that three international officials and two locals should officiate the bout.
"We would like to have your direction on the above subject, we are proposing to have at least three neutral officials and two locals, this does not mean we are undermining the credibility and good work our local officials do, but for the fairness and justice of the game," he said.
National Professional Boxing Committee chairperson Lonzoe Zimba said he was aware of Ngumi Boxing Stable's demands.
"I also got that communication from Mr Mawenzi. But as National Professional Boxing Committee we are just hosting the bout. The powers of who should officiate the bout rest in the World Boxing Forum since it's their title bout," Zimba said.
"However, I personally don't see any problem with that arrangement. As an international title fight, it is supposed to be officiated by international officials sent by World Boxing Forum and not us. But this is also something that World Boxing Forum must decide."
Mtimaukanena won the World Boxing Forum Africa title after defeating Kenyan Susan Andeya in Lilongwe.
She won the eight-round bout through unanimous decision after judges Salome Manyawu and Omari Yazidu scored 80-72, while Cassim Makwinja had registered 79-73.
She, however, faces race against time to defend the title since she risked losing the belt by the end of the month if she would not get back into the ring.
Happiness emerged as the frontrunner in the title defence bout, pitting together the two rivals in what could be the bout of the year as far as women's boxing is concerned.
Nkhoma has always considered herself as a better boxer than experienced and exposed Mtimaukanena and this Sunday's title bout gives her a chance to prove her point.
The last time the two ladies fought, the bout ended in a controversial draw in which Nkhoma claimed she was robbed of victory