Manyuchi sponsorship packages revealed

HARARE - Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQBP), in conjunction with the government, yesterday rolled out various sponsorship packages to entice the corporate world to come on board and support World Boxing Council (WBC) silver welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi.

Manyuchi, who became the WBC silver welterweight champion after beating Russia’s Dmitry Mikhaylenko in May this year, will defend his title against Damien Martin of France in a historic fight set for Harare at the HICC on October 14.

The packages, which range from $4 000 to $37 000, were revealed at a breakfast business meeting at a local hotel yesterday which was graced by various businesspeople from across the country.

Speaking at the function, Sports minister Makhosini Hlongwane urged the corporate world to come on board and make the historic bout a success.

“This forthcoming fight against . . . Martin is an important fight for Charles as it is going to be his first fight on home soil,” Hlongwane said.

“As a matter of fact, it is the biggest championship of this magnitude to be fought on Zimbabwean soil. Sport does not operate as an enclave but relies upon support from the corporate world.

“It is through direct involvement of corporate sponsors in sport that will enable the emergence of many Manyuchis in boxing and athletes of renown in other sporting codes.”

Hlongwane added: “The sponsorship package for Manyuchi comes timeously and handy for Zimbabwe in general and boxing in particular, as it brings a plethora of opportunities. It will go a long way in expanding the developing of boxing in this country.

“It will also spur and set a standard for local administration of boxing and be a stimulant for our young and upcoming boxers and promoters in the country. The forthcoming bout is indeed intended to spur the growth of sports tourism and enhance out sports diplomacy, thus enhancing the Zimbabwe brand.

“As we launch this sponsorship package, allow me to salute the OQBP for steering this Manyuchi ship.”

OQBP operations director Christopher Malunga, who handles Manyuchi’s affairs, is happy with the progress made thus far while urging local boxing promoters to work together to help the sport realise its potential.  

“I think we are doing a very good job. We are moving in the right direction,” Malunga said.

“This is high time for the Zimbabwean managers and promoters to learn. This is the way to go because you need to bring in sponsors and you need to give that confidence to the sponsors that whatever they will give you, will be we spend on boxing and you are going to advertise them.

“Without the sponsors you can’t make it and I think we are doing extremely well to make sure that the tournament is a success. It’s not about Manyuchi alone, it’s about leaving the mark on how things are done in a professional manner.

“I assured the head of State when we came back from Italy that we are going to put up a promotion and when I wrote a letter to the Ministry about the proposal it was accepted and supported by government.

“The political will is there so let our promoters, managers and boxers themselves stop this issue of attacking each other, they need to work together and uplift the standards of the sport in the country.”

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