AFRICAN Boxing Union (ABU) welterweight boxing champion Charles Manyuchi will take a crack at World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight title when he squares off with Ghana’s Patrick Allottey at Lusaka Government Complex in Lusaka, Zambia, tomorrow.
The Masvingo boxer Manyuchi, the Zimbabwe welterweight champion, has had to wait longer after the fight was postponed from January 25.
Manyuchi’s manager Chris Malunga in Zambia said all was in place for tomorrow’s fights.
“Everything is set for the fights. Manyuchi is going to fight Patrick Allottey while we have Catherine Phiri facing Pia Mazelani for the WBC silver in the bantamweight category.
“The boxers are well prepared because they have been in camp for three months and they are ready,” he said.
Malunga said they expect the boxers to perform well.
“The mood is very excellent. We expect nothing but victory from the boxers. I cannot reveal how much Manyuchi will get in this exposure.
“Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation had said they would televise the fight, but they are saying they would no longer be able to. This would have given the Zimbabweans a chance to see what Manyuchi can do,” he said.
Manyuchi would not be the only Zimbabwean to trade leather on the day as female pugilist Monalisa Sibanda will fight Lolita Muzeya in a welterweight non-title bout while Takudzwa Kuchocha will battle against Mbiya Kanku in a welterweight non-title fight.
Manyuchi won the ABU title in June after knocking out Burkina Faso champion Patrice Sou Toke to claim the continental title in the fifth round of the 12-round bout.
He successfully defended the ABU welterweight title against Ghana’s Isaac Sowah in Lusaka, Zambia, in September.
Meanwhile, boxers in Bulawayo have welcomed the launch of Big Fish Boxing Promotions by former Zimbabwe light and middleweight boxing champion Modicai Donga.
The launch was conducted at a local hotel on Wednesday evening.
Dumezweni Ntuliki thanked Donga for coming up with the idea.
“I hope that what was talked about in the launch will be implemented,” he said.
“It will give us the opportunity to fight with other local and international boxers. It is also good because we would train knowing that we will get fights instead of just training for the sake of.”
Another professional Noel Mpofu said: “I hope it will be successful.
“We have stayed too long without fighting,” he said.
Trevor Mpofu another Bulawayo-based professional was happy over the move.
“It will give them the opportunity to fight and also show other nations what we are capable of,” he said.
Veteran boxing coach Phillip “Striker” Ndlovu said the launch of the boxing stable will go a long way in ensuring the sport develops if what was said during the launch is fully implemented.