Delta step up preps for world title bout

HARARE - Delta Boxing Promotions have lined up a host of activities to create awareness and set the tone for the much anticipated wold title bout set for October in Harare.

The World Boxing Union (WBU) bantamweight world title will be contested between Zimbabwe’s Tapiwa Tembo and Zambian Gibon Kamota at the City Sports Centre on October 26.

The two contenders will each pocket $2500 for competing with the winner assuming the WBU bantamweight world title championship.

The title fell vacant when the holder from Germany was stripped after he failed to defend the crown in the mandatory 90 days.

And now Delta Boxing Promotions, the hosts of the event, are going all out to ensure they generate anticipation for the big fight.

“We will parade the two boxers on Saturday 21, starting from Joina City and surrounding areas in the capital,” said Delta Boxing Promotions spokesman Spencer Gore.

“We want to get the fans involved. There will also be a meet the boxer section where fans can come and get autographs and meet the boxers. On October 3 we are going to host a corporate dinner where we will invite a number of companies. We want them to get involved and know what the sport is all about.”

Gore added that they will be taking the WBU bantamweight belt to schools and orphanages during the course of October in a bid to create awareness.

“We are also holding a road show where the public will get to witness what these fighters will be fighting for. There will also be entertainment on match day.”

Leading boxing promoter Clyde Musonda said that the world title bout will go a long way in changing the Zimbabwe boxing landscape.

“This is a first of its kind in Zimbabwe and this is just the beginning of greater things to come,” the former Commonwealth Games boxer said.

“This is not just a once-off event. Like I have always said, there are a lot of good boxers in the country but they want an opportunity.  And this is what Delta Boxing Promotions wants to do.”

Arno Pokrandt from Germany will referee the bout whilst the match commissioners’ panel will be composed of WBU president Torsten Knille and Zimbabwe Boxing Board chairman Paul Nenjarama.

Zimbabwe’s John Govha as well as South Africa’s Alfred Buquan and Astridah Mwale will make up the judges’ panel.

The other supporting bouts that will feature on the day include an eight round light middleweight non-title fight over eight rounds between locals Nicola Mutonhora and Silas Mandeya, with Last Magare taking on Trymore Musire.

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