AFRICAN Boxing Union welterweight champion and Zimbabwean Charles Manyuchi knocked Ghana’s Patrick Allottey out in the eighth round at Lusaka Government Complex in Zambia on Saturday to become the World Boxing Council (WBC) international welterweight champion.
Manyuchi’s manager Chris Malunga from Zambia’s Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions spoke to Southern Eye Sport on the boxer’s victory.
“Manyuchi is now a WBC international welterweight champion after an eighth round technical knockout. The fight was OK. In WBC fights they announce who is leading in the fourth round and Manyuchi was leading in round four. Allottey almost gave up in round six, but he continued until round eight.
“This is a very good result because it means that Manyuchi has gone to the top. He should remain focused and disciplined. I am very happy with his conduct so far and I am very proud of him. However, he still needs a lot of support and encouragement,” he said.
Malunga thanked all those who came to support the boxer.
“I would like to thank the mayor of Masvingo (Hubert Fidze) and the town clerk (Adolph Gusha) for coming to Zambia to support Manyuchi. I would also like to thank Gilbert Munetsi, Patrick Mukondiwa and Manyuchi’s parents for coming to support the boxer,” Malunga said.
He said Manyuchi had won the fight because he was fully prepared for the contest and said they had put in about $250 000 to ensure that it was a successful event. Former Commonwealth flyweight boxing champion Alfonso “Mosquito” Zvenyika congratulated Manyuchi on his win.
“Manyuchi is doing very well. He needs support from the country because he has done very well and he is now a champion. He is doing a wonderful job for himself and the country,” he said.
Former Zimbabwe light and middleweight boxing champion Modicai Donga who won the Global Boxing Union light middleweight title, heaped praise on Manyuchi.
“I was a very good boxer during my days. I once said that the boxer who would beat me would become a world champion. That is exactly what has happened,” he said.
“He deserves to be where he is because he has worked very hard. It is a very welcome development because it has come at a time when we have just launched our boxing stable which is aiming to bring international fights into the country.”