Manyuchi faces tough comeback

HARARE - Although they agreed to reconcile with Charles Manyuchi, Zambian stable Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotion (OQBP) insist the Zimbabwean fighter has a lot of work to do to win their trust again.

Manyuchi, last week reunited with the Zambian promoters following lengthy talks instigated by Zimbabwe’s Sports minister Makhosini Hlongwane.

Manyuchi was running the risk of losing his World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight title as there were no Zimbabwean promoters willing to hosts his mandatory title defence.

However, OQBP have stated that if Manyuchi thought he would walk back into the relationship like he had never left then he is in for a stroll.

Although a contract is still being ironed out, the Zambians now have more leverage in the discussions with the Mutoko-born boxer resigned to accept most of the terms.

“We are still deciding on Manyuchi’s contract and it will have fresh conditions,” OQBP manager Christopher Malunga told Zambian media over the weekend.

“We only signed him back to help him save his career and after the Zimbabwean government pleaded with us to get him back because he could not find a promoter.”

Malunga said OQBP was now working on getting Manyuchi a fight during Catherine Phiri’s WBC title defence in six months’ time.

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