Manyuchi leaves for Zambia

WORLD Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi is expected to leave the country this week for Zambia to prepare for his title defence against an unnamed opponent in March.

SUKOLUHLE MTHETHWA
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Manyuchi successfully defended the title in November 2014 when he beat Columbian boxer Devis Casseres in a third round technical knockout in Zambia.

The welterweight champion is expected to take another crack at defending the title before he moves for yet another higher shot.

Manyuchi’s manager from Zambia Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions, Chris Malunga, yesterday spoke to Southern Eye Sport on Manyuchi’s proposed title defence.

“Manyuchi will defend his title either end of March or April. I cannot name the opponent because we are still finalising on the fight. However, there are two opponents that we are talking to. We will only reveal the name of the opponent once the boxers have signed,” he said.

However, Malunga said although the deal had not been sealed Manyuchi would be going to Zambia for preparations.

“He should be in Zambia by end of this week so that he goes into camp in preparation for the fight. I have been communicating with him. He has been preparing for the fight,” he said.

However, there have been reports that Manyuchi will square up against David Avanesya of Russia.

Manyuchi won the WBC title in March last year when he knocked Ghana’s Patrick Allottey out in the eighth round of the bill at Lusaka Government Complex.

He holds the African Boxing Union title he won in June 2013 when he defeated Burkina Faso champion Patrice Sou Toke before he defended the title against Isaac Sowah in Zambia two months later.

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