Manyuchi to challenge for WBC World title

HARARE - African Boxing Union champion Charles Manyuchi is set to challenge for the prestigious World Boxing Council (WBC) title when he fights Ghanaian Patrick Allotey on January 26.

The Masvingo-based pugilist said he is ready to go beyond the African continent and conquer the world.

“Fighting for the WBC title is the ultimate goal for every boxer and this is why I am not hesitating to challenge for this prestigious title,’ Manyuchi told the Daily News yesterday.

“The fight is likely to be held in Zimbabwe and we hope the business community will come and support us for the event to be successful.

“I have been maturing with every training session and now I feel that I can go for the WBC title. I will concentrate on one thing, and that is training harder and my handlers will handle my WBC aspirations.”

Manyuchi, 26, is contracted to Zambia-based Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions and has a record of 20 fights, 18 victories, one draw and one defeat.

The Lusaka-based stable has for the last six months made sure Manyuchi is in shape. He successfully defended the African Boxing Union (Abu) welterweight title in September.

“I want to thank the Zambians for their support and I also want to thank Eddison Zvobgo Junior for running around to organise the upcoming event,” he said.

“However, for the sport to improve we need to completely revamp the sport. The sport cannot be successful because there is nothing happening on the amateur ranks and that is where we are supposed to get professional boxers from.”

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