Zim pin hopes on Manyuchi

HARARE – The Zimbabwe Board of Wrestling and Boxing Control (ZBWBC) believe Charles Manyuchi will successfully defend his African Boxing Union (Abu) welterweight title against Ghana’s Isaac Sowah in Zambia next week.

The Masvingo-based boxer, who is also the national welterweight champion, knocked out Burkina Faso champion Patrice Sou Toke to claim the continental title last June in the fifth round of the 12-round bout.

ZBWBC spokesperson Gilbert Munetsi said: “Manyuchi is a good boxer and as a board we are confident that he will defend his title and we are proud to be associated with such talent as Manyuchi, who has proven his class time and again.”

This title bout is very important for Manyuchi who hopes to earn a shot at a world title if he gets past Sowah.

Munetsi bemoaned the lack of promoters in Zimbabwe hence the bout is now being hosted in neighbouring Zambia.

“The board cannot do anything if there are no promoters. Our duty is to give licences to promoters only,” he said.

“It is the duty of the promoters to apply for licences so that there are professional tournaments. They (local promoters) used to hold professional tournaments but they just fizzled out.”

Manyuchi, 26, is contracted to Zambia-based Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions and has a record of 14 fights, 11 victories, five via knockouts, a draw and two loses.

The Abu title fight between Zambia’s Catherine Phiri and Gibisele Tshabalala will be the undercard bout of the same night.

Manyuchi will be hoping to avoid the same problems faced by other local boxers Tineyi Maridzo and Thamsanqa Dube, who were stripped of their titles after they failed to defend them within the stipulated times.

In another clear sign of good times for Zimbabwean boxing, former boxing board secretary Patrick Mukondiwa has been appointed as one of the three judges for the Manyuchi-Sowah bout.

Mukondiwa has been chosen together with Lillian Olero of Kenya and Mebin Kante of Zambia to be the ringside judges by Abu.

Zambian William Sekeleti will be the referee.

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