WORLD Boxing Council (WBC) international welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi has started preparations for a title defence with an unnamed boxer in October.
Manyuchi, who is also the African Boxing Union (ABU) welterweight champion, beat Ghana’s Patrick Allottey at Lusaka Government Complex in Lusaka, Zambia, in March to win the international title. Southern Eye Sport yesterday spoke to Manyuchi to find out what he was lining up after winning the WBC international title.
“I will be defending the WBC title in October. I am not yet sure who I will fight because my managers are still working on that. But I will fight in October. I have already started preparing for the fight.
“As part of the preparations I am going to feature in a non-title fight in Zambia in July. I should be going to Zambia soon. I will be in camp in June, fight in July and stay in camp until the title defence fight,” he said.
Manyuchi said a lot of work needs to be done ahead of the title defence.
“I still have enough time to prepare for the fights. I need to work hard. For now I am training on my own. I know that if I train very hard and believe I will make it,” the Zimbabwe welterweight champion, said.
He won the ABU welterweight title in June last year when he knocked Burkina Faso champion Patrice Sou Toke out to claim the continental title in the fifth round of the 12-round bout.
Manyuchi successfully defended the ABU welterweight title against Ghana’s Isaac Sowah in Lusaka, Zambia, in September last year.
The champion has already set his sights on defending his title and then facing five-division world champion American Mayweather.
He has received much support from Zambia with Manyuchi saying others are even asking him to change his citizenship to that country.