Manyuchi rearing to go

HARARE - Zimbabwean boxer Charles Manyuchi says he cannot afford to lose his WBC international bantamweight title to Colombia’s David Navaro when the two pugilists trade leather on November 2.

Manyuchi, who knocked out Ghana’s Patrick Allotey to win the WBC title last March, is set to fight Navaro as an undercard to the main bill involving Catherine Phiri’s fight at the Government Complex in Lusaka.

Manyuchi, however, says he will go against custom and not watch his opponent’s previous fights as he fears doing so may cause him to underestimate the Colombian.

The Masvingo-born boxer is currently in Zambia under the guidance of his stable Oriental Quarries, who are working overtime to bring Manyuchi to his optimal ahead of the big fight.

“Losing is out of question. I can’t afford to lose; I don’t even want to think about it. I am doing the best I can to prepare, I can’t disappoint my sponsors,” Manyuchi said in comments carried by the Zambian Post.

The Zimbabwean welterweight champion said although he knows little about his opponent he is not concerned of learning about him.

“My job is just to prepare. I don’t watch previous fights of my opponents because that is the past. I may underrate him based on the previous fight,” Manyuchi said.

Manyuchi comes into the bout on the backdrop of 14 wins, two losses and one drawn match in his last 17 contests whilst Navarro holds 17 wins and four losses in his 21 fights.

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