Manyuchi ups WBC preps

HARARE - African Boxing Union champion Charles Manyuchi has intensified preparations for the World Boxing Championship to be held in Zambia early next month.

The 26-year-old boxer will take on Ghanaian Patrick Allotey for the vacant WBC welterweight title at Government Complex in Lusaka.

The fight was postponed to March 15 after his Zambian counterpart Catherine Phiri’s opponent pulled out of the January 25 bout.

Manyuchi’s fight is expected to be the main bout while ABU bantamweight women champion Phiri would be up against Pia Mazelanik of Germany for the vacant WBC silver bantamweight title.

“Preparations are going on well. I think the postponement of the fight helped us because it gave us enough time to prepare,” Manyuchi told the Daily News from Zambia.

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

“I want to thank the Zambians for their support, however, Zimbabweans failed to fulfil their promises.”

The Masvingo-born boxer is contracted to Zambia-based Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions and has a record of 20 fights – 18 victories, one draw and one defeat.

There will be three supporting bouts that would see Zimbabwe’s Takudzwa Kuchocha take on Congolese welterweight boxer Mbiya Kanku with the second women bout involving Zimbabwean Monalisa Sibanda against Zambia’s Lolita Muzeya, also in a welterweight non-title contest.

Zimbabwe’s Wesley MacDade will face Zambian light-heavyweight Donald Kampamba.

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