Zim boxer Tembo on the rise

HARARE - Zimbabwean boxer Tapiwa Tembo put up an impressive performance to beat Sandi Loni in a Bantamweight non-title bout in East London, South Africa, on Friday.

The victory was Tembo’s fourth consecutive win since turning professional in 2009.

“I dedicate this win to my late trainer Frank Mutero, who passed away in April,” Tembo said from his base in South Africa.

Tembo has been impressive in recent years, knocking out Simo Mbande in the fourth round.

In 2012, he also beat Phumzile Njonga to add on to the win over Mtsepha Mthembu he claimed in 2011.

Last year, the Zimbabwean was scheduled to fight against Zambia's Gibon Kamoti in Harare for the vacant World Boxing Union (WBU) title in November.

The fight, however, failed to take place after the local promoters, Delta Force, failed to meet the WBU requirements for the bout to be sanctioned.

Under the tutelage of Felix Venganayi, with whom he works at the Blood Sweat and Tears gym, Tembo is one of a leading lights of Zimbabwean boxing, who have been forced to look for a better future across the borders.

Local promoters are failing to hosts fights due to a lack of funding and sponsorship, forcing Zimbabwean boxers to seek refuge in neighbouring countries like South Africa and Zambia.

The others are Peter Pambeni, Tamsanqa Dube, Tinei Maridzo and World Boxing Federation Africa Champion, Elvis "The Bulawayo Bomber" Moyo.

Zimbabwe National Boxing Control Board vice-president Lorraine Muringi, congratulated Tembo for his win.

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