Manyuchi to fight Russian Avanesya

HARARE - Zimbabwean boxer Charles Manyuchi is set to defend his World Boxing Council (WBC) International title against David Avanesya of Russia at a date and venue to be confirmed.

The 26-year-old from Masvingo, who is rated the 30th best welterweight boxer in the world by the WBC, has a professional record of 15 wins, two losses and one draw.

His challenger, Avanesya, has a record of 21 fights and boosts of 19 wins, one loss and a draw.

The bout comes after Manyuchi successfully defended his belt by beating Colombian Devis Caceres by a technical knockout last November at the Government Complex in Lusaka, Zambia.

That feat followed a sensational year that Manyuchi started by claiming the WBC vacant welterweight title when he defeated Ghanaian Patrick Allotey in March.

Meanwhile, Zambian boxing queen Catherine Phiri, has been given a shot to challenge for the WBC bantamweight title after being lined up to face Caroline Rodriges of Chile in March.

Speaking during a press briefing in Lusaka this week, Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQBP) manager Christopher Malunga was delighted to have secured the fights.

“I was in Las Vegas lobbying for opponents for Catherine and Manyuchi and I am glad that we were able to find Carolina from Chile who is also challenging for the main title and David from Russia who wants to challenge our boxer,” he said.

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