Manyuchi warned against complacency

HARARE - Zambia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board (ZPBWCB) secretary, Simon Mwale has advised Zimbabwean boxer Charles Manyuchi against complacency when he takes on Ghanaian Patrick Allotey.

Manyuchi, who holds the African Boxing Union (ABU) welterweight belt, fights Allotey for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight title on March 15 at the Government Complex in Lusaka.

“I would like to advise all the boxers especially Manyuchi not to relax in training following the praise by Patrick Allotey’s manager (Kwabena Kwarteng) that he is a good boxer,” Mwale told the Times of Zambia recently.

“It is a mind game to make you relax but train as if all your life is centred on boxing. Train harder to win the title.”

The Manyuchi-Allotey bout is the main fight on the night that will also see Zambia’s ABU bantamweight women champion Cathrine Phiri take Pia Mazelanik from Germany for the vacant WBC silver bantamweight title.

Manyuchi, who has a record of 20-18, is staging the fight in Lusaka due to the fact that he is contracted to Zambia-based Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions.

There will be three supporting bouts that would see Zimbabwe’s Takudzwa Kuchocha take on Congolese welterweight boxer Mbiya Kanku.

Zimbabwean female boxer Monalisa Sibanda will take on Zambia’s Lolita Muzeya also in a welterweight non-title contest.

Another Zimbabwean, Wesley MacDade will also  be in action on the night when he faces Zambian light-heavyweight Donald Kampamba.

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