VETERAN boxing trainer Philip Striker is appealing for financial assistance to register his protégée Trevor Mpofu with the Zimbabwe National Boxing Control Board ahead of the upcoming boxer’s April fight against reigning heavyweight champion Thamsanqa Dube.
Registration costs $25.
Mpofu is set to trade leather with former Pan-African World Boxing Association champion, Dube, but has to first submit the results of his medicals and register with the board.
Striker informed Southern Eye that his boxer had done the medical tests, but was yet to register with the board as they were still to raise the required funds.
“We have the results of the tests and everything is in order. We will submit them to the board as soon as we raise $25 which we have to pay to the board to get our fighter registered,” Striker said.
Asked how they would be able to prepare adequately for the fight if they were finding it difficult to raise $25 Striker said: “You know how difficult it is to find money these days. Maybe I should ask you to be the first one to come to our aid by giving just a dollar and then ask the rest of Bulawayo to contribute towards raising the money we need.”
Striker groomed Dube to stardom at Tshaka Boxing Club, but the Pumula East-based reigning champion has since formed his own stable, Tigers Boxing Club.
Clive Musonda is the promoter for the Dube-Mpofu fight and said the boxers will spar in a bill dubbed the Independence Solidarity Boxing Challenge on April 25 in Harare.
He has promised to bring in fighters to add some international flavour on the day and has signed up fighters from Kenya, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Namibia and South Africa.
The bill has been presented to the boxing board for approval and Musonda said he would reveal names of all boxers to take part when he gets the go-ahead to stage the fights.