Zim boxing dying - Schoolboy

HARARE - Zimbabwean boxing great Langton “Schoolboy” Tinago says the sport is on the brink of collapse in the country.

Once the second most popular Zimbabwean sport after football, boxing has suffered under serious lack of funding and dwindling number spectator numbers.

Tinago, a three-time Commonwealth champion, says what hurts the most was that at a time boxing was ailing here, neighbouring South Africa and Zambia were prospering.

“My heart bleeds when I look at the situation of my beloved sport,” said Tinago.

“There is no boxing to talk about anymore in the country, there are no sponsors. During our time, we could go for up to eight or nine fights per year but these days we can’t even afford a single bout a year.

“I sincerely appeal to the corporate world to chip in to salvage something as a nation from the crop of talented boxers who are failing to turn professional because of lack of fights. We have a number of very talented boxers who can scale even greater heights than we did but that talent is likely to go to waste because of lack sponsorship.”

65-year-old Tinago was named Boxer of the Century in the last millennium by the Zimbabwe Boxing Board of Control.

His Mutapa Boxing Stable produced some of the country’s finest young talent.

But without money in the sport, the youngsters have prematurely hanged their gloves.

The country’s leading pugilist, Charles Manyuchi, has made a name for himself on the international scene, albeit under a Zambian stable.

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