Manyuchi confident of victory

HARARE - Zimbabwean boxer Charles Manyuchi is confident of retaining his World Boxing Council (WBC) International title against David Avanesya of Russia next month in Zambia.

The 26-year-old from Masvingo, who is rated the 28th best welterweight boxer in the world by the WBC, has a professional record of 21 wins, two loses and one draw.

Manyuchi takes on the highly rated Avanesya in Lusaka on March 28 since he is currently under the stable of Zambia’s Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions.

The reigning Zimbabwe Sports Person of the Year is not fazed by the prospect of facing Avanesya, who is currently ranked seventh on the WBC latest ranking.

The Russian has a good record of 19 wins, one loss and one draw in 21 professional bouts.

Avanesya has been training in Southampton, England in the past months under the guidance of British trainer Wayne Batten and beat Hungarian Laszlo Fazekas by a points decision in his last bout last December in Liverpool.

“There is nothing to fear, I am not reading much into my opponent’s ratings,” Manyuchi told the Daily News his send-off ceremony organised by the Ministry of Sports Arts and Culture yesterday.

Manyuchi is travelling to Zambia for his final training camp ahead of the bout against Avanesya next month.

The boxer stock has risen since he beat Ghanaian Patrick Allotey to claim the vacant WBC welterweight title back in March last year.

Manyuchi followed up that victory by successfully defending his belt when he beat Colombian Devis Casseres by a second round technical knockout in November last year.

“My wish is to fight the number one in the near future, so there is nothing to fear fighting number seven,” he said.

“I’m ready to go to the final camp in Zambia. I want to make my fans happy and I can only do this by winning my fight.

“So far preparations are going on well and I think by March 28 I will be ready. I’m still on my pick so I want to promise the whole nation that I will make them proud on that day.”

After getting little recognition for his earlier triumphs in the ring, Manyuchi will embark on his journey to Zambia with a smile on his face as local companies have begun to warm up to his brand.

The Masvingo-born Manyuchi get a morale boost after the government promised to give him 100 litres of fuel and are still trying to source some funds to support.

In his speech at yesterday’s function, Sports minster Andrew Langa said the government is proud to be associated with a fine athlete like Manyuchi.

“Manyuchi as young as he is has continued to raise our flag on the regional and international arena,” he said.

“As a ministry we have made provisions for Manyuchi’s accommodation for two nights here in Harare and we are providing him with 100 litres of fuel.

“We are also in a process of mobilising funds for his upkeep in Zambia.”

Some of the sponsors, who helped Manyuchi when he was preparing for the fight include Absolute Sports and Mr T35.

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