Manyuchi faces Russian Mikhaylenko

HARARE - World Boxing Council (WBC) international welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi will defend his title against undefeated Russian Dmitry Mikhaylenko the Daily News has learnt.

The fight is set for May 6 in Russia and the contract for the bout has been signed by Manyuchi’s handlers Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQBP) and his opponent.

Initially, Manyuchi’s title defence appeared in limbo as he risked being stripped of the honours without a fight after he fell out with OQBP.

Manyuchi, who has a record of 17-2-1 in 20 professional fights, hoped to find a local promoter to stage his mandatory title defence but there were no takers.

In the end, Sports minister Makhosini Hlongwane last month arranged a sit-down between Manyuchi and OQBP which ended with the two reconciling and agreeing to work with each other again.

The Zambian promoters had helped to put Manyuchi on the world map as he became the WBC international welterweight champion in 2014 when he beat Ghana’s Patrick Allotey.

The Mutoko-born boxer went on to defend the title in November that same year when he defeated Colombian Devis Casseres.

Last year the 26-year old raised the country’s flag high when he retained his title against Italy’s Gianluca Frezza.

But against the undefeated Mikhaylenko the Zimbabwean, who is ring rusty, will have to be at the top of his game to retain his title.

The 29-year-old is currently undefeated in 21 bouts and is the current World Boxing Organisation (WBO) European welterweight champion.

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