Zambian stable dumps Manyuchi

HARARE - Charles Manyuchi’s flirtation with Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotion (OQBP) has come to an abrupt end as the Zambian boxing stable are no longer interested in his services.

“The contract of Charles Manyuchi ended in November, OQBP is not interested in renewing the contract,” stable director Christopher Malunga told the Daily News from Zambia yesterday.

“So, Mr Manyuchi is free to join any stable or promotion of his choice. We did our part. We have informed World Boxing Council about it. We wish him all the best.”

Asked why they were not extending his contract at a time it seemed their relationship was headed for dizzy heights Malunga insisted: “We have done our part.”

The welterweight boxer joined the Zambian stable in 2012 before winning and later defending the African Boxing Union (ABU) and World Boxing Council (WBC) international titles.

The 26-year-old beat Patrice Sou Toke of Burkina Faso to win the ABU title.

He then overcame Ghanaian Isaac Sowah to grab the WBC international title which he defended four times against another Ghanaian Patrick Allotey, Columbian Devis Caceres, Tanzanian Ibrahim Class and Italian Gianluca Frezza.

His latest pickings of $12 000 received for the successful defence of his WBC welterweight title was another accolade to his laden trophy cabinet.

The win pushed him to 17 wins from 21 bouts and only two losses, consolidating his place amongst the top 20 best welter-weight punchers in the world.

As Manyuchi punched his way to the top of the WBC welterweight class, it seemed his relationship with the Zambian boxing stable was on an upward trajectory.

At a press conference in Harare following Manyuchi’s successful defence of the WBC title bout, Malunga said the Zimbabwean boxer was “handsomely” paid for his services and received monthly allowances for his upkeep.

The Mutuko-born boxer’s victories saw him receive $50 000 from President Robert Mugabe which at that time Malunga believed was the beginning of greater things to come.

“When we arrived back home, I told my boxer it’s a different ball game now. You were crying but now things are going to be different. If our (Zambian) president (Edgar Lungu) can send a message wishing you well before the WBC title fight) automatically it’s on that level,” he said then.

“In Zambia, he is more famous than what you see here, he is now a star.”

Manyuchi’s divorce with OQBP means he is now racing against time to find a new stable which will host his mandatory title defence in February next year.

According to the WBC regulations, all champions are obligated to defend their title after every 90 to 120 days.

Although Manyuchi won his title against Frezza in July, his official rating from the WBC was only done last month.

This means the period in which he must face a mandatory challenger will come to an end in February.

If he fails to stage this bout, the WBC will strip Manyuchi of his title which will become vacant.     


Comments (3)

Last time I checked he was born in Masvingo

xixo x5 - 9 December 2015

Very sad ending indeed. Had Manyuchi allowed fame to get to his head and was now demanding "star-status" treatment from the stable that had nurtured him to get to that level? I hope not because he may live to regret that attitude. Its very easy to topple from the top to rock bottom after having sweated for years to reach that summit.

tafamutekwe - 10 December 2015

@xixo x5. In agree with you. Last i checked also..Manyuchi was from Masvingo. Editor .. its only one job ..however important it is .. to simply check facts

Masvingo - 10 December 2015

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