Boxers blast boxing board

HARARE - Two local boxers Misheck Kondwani and Tawanda Chigwida have lambasted the Zimbabwe National Boxing Board of Control (ZNBBC) for refusing to clear them for international bouts in Zambia.

Kondwani was billed to fight Zambian Ntumba Mwamba for the vacant World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) Africa Bantamweight title on May 3 in the copper belt in Ndola.

On the same card, Chigwida was scheduled to take on Alfred Kaziwa of Zambia for the vacant WPBF Youth World Super Featherweight title.

The ZNBCC refused to clear Kondwani arguing that the boxer did not have a good record in his previous international fights.

The pugilist, however, refutes these claims as he has a record of 30 wins from 45 fights with 15 defeats.

“This board has totally failed, they lack professionalism and they refused to give me clearance whilst they gave Tinashe Mwadziwana who lost his three previous fights,” Kondwani told the Daily News yesterday.

“The previous board was better than this one. I do not think they know the rules of this sport. I spent more than two years in England but I never heard about this issues.

“It’s now personal, because after the WPBF issue the board also refused to give me clearance to go to another title fight in Botswana.

“The vice-president Lorraine Muringi threw away my papers without giving me any reasons.

"The board failed even to update our records. Records are important because international promoters will look at this when searching for boxers to fight in certain competitions.”

Chigwida said the board denied them a great opportunity to represent Zimbabwe on the international stage.

“This was a great opportunity for us as we were trying to put our country on the world map in as far as boxing is concerned,” Chigwida said.

“I do not know why they refused to give me clearance because unlike Kondwani my previous records were good. We really need a new board, and if the board remains in charge we will register with other countries.”

ZNBBC secretary Gilbert Munetsi, however, refutes these claims by the two boxers.

“They gave us a short notice to work on the clearance. It is only proper to get notice of fights well ahead of time so that we ensure everything is in place without having to make a last-minute rush,” said Munetsi.

“Also the records of the two boxers are not good at all, given that Misheck has lost his last 13 fights consecutively and Tawanda has lost his last three fights in a row.

“So, how then can an authentic boxing body sanction such dismally performing boxers to take part in an elite tournament that has continental belts at stake?”

Comments (2)

tinoda chokwadi anhuwe. the body needs to protect the country's sporting image and if the above boxers'records are correct, thumbs up. if they are not, boxers outline your records to shame this body: give dates fights and results and not this blatant 30/45 wins. when were the wins and loses/ no mudslinging please that's a dumb's weapon.

mafirakureva - 7 May 2014

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