'Sky is the limit for Manyuchi'

HARARE - Zimbabwean boxer Charles Manyuchi’s father and trainer Ottis Manyuchi is confident his son will continue to scale greater heights within the sport.

Manyuchi successfully defended his World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight title when he stopped Italian Gianluca Freeza in Venice on Saturday night.

The reigning Zimbabwe Sportsperson of the Year beat Frezza via a technical knock-out in the sixth round of the fight.

“As his father and trainer, I’m happy with his achievements,” Ottis told the Daily News yesterday.

“To tell you the truth, Charles is a good boxer and the sky is the only limit. I’m confident that he is set for greater things in as far as his career is concerned.

“I started to train Charles when he was still young, as you know boxing is our family’s sport. From what I saw from him as a young boy, I said to myself that I will do everything for my son to prosper in his career.”

Ottis, who is also a former Zimbabwe middle weight champion, appealed to the corporate world to come and support his son.

“Look, I was also supposed to travel to Italy with Charles but we failed to raise enough funds for an air ticket. I think if he can get enough sponsorship he will continue to put Zimbabwe on the world map,” he said.

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

The Mutoko-born boxer 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.

The Zimbabwean was initially due to fight Mexican Silvero Ortiz on April 25, in Lusaka but the bout was cancelled after the challenger pulled out.

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