Manyuchi preps on course

HARARE - Preparations for Charles Manyuchi’s World Boxing Council (WBC) silver welterweight voluntary title defence fight at home is well on course, his manager at Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQBP) Chris Malunga has said.

Manyuchi, whose maiden WBC-sanctioned match is scheduled for Harare International Conference Centre on October 14, has since intensified preparations and is currently camped in Zambia with his coach Mike Zulu.

Malunga, who has since shifted his base to Harare to oversee the preparations ahead of the bout said everything is well on track, and that there will be no room for poor or lackluster performance from the Mutoko-born pugilist.

“Preparations are moving on well. This is for the Zimbabwean people and we are aware they want to see Manyuchi fight at home,” Malunga said.

“We are at a stage where we cannot look back. We are doing all we can so that the match will be a success. We want to leave a mark. We want to make sure everyone is happy from the sponsors to the fans.”

Manyuchi, who became the WBC silver welterweight champion after beating Russia’s Dmitry Mikhaylenko in May this year, was set to defend his title against Damien Martin of France.

However, latest developments indicate that the 33-year-old WBC Francophone champion has pulled out of the bout and Manyuchi will now face Jose Agustin Julio Feria of Colombia.

Malunga, however said if there are any changes they will be announced.

“Look here, this is not an amateur match, we are professionals. In boxing, there is always plan A, B, C and D. So if plan A doesn’t work you go to plan B but in this case we are still working with plan A.

“If there are any changes it will be done procedurally and we will definitely announce it. One thing for sure is the fight will go ahead no matter what.”

Meanwhile, local boxers who will curtain raise Manyuchi’s bout, received a timely boost earlier this week after a local law firm came to their aid.

The boxers, who are calling themselves, Team Zimbabwe, almost pulled out of the WBC fight night due to lack of sponsorship until Law 4 All Legal Aid Society came aboard on Wednesday with a sponsorship package worth over $4 000.

Boxers Wesley Mcdade, Tinashe Madziwana, Tinashe Mutodza, Anywhere Katunga and Ellen Simwaka will represent Zimbabwe on the undercard of the WBC title fights.

Law 4 All Legal Aid Society chairman Misheck Mangwende revealed that his company will cater for all camping requirements of the boxers that include accommodation, transport, training gear among other things.

“We have partnered with Team Zimbabwe because it’s a big event coming,” Mangwende said.

“We have seen it fit to give maximum support to these boxers emotionally, financially and even their accommodation and food. We are going to cater for everything that they are going to use on the day.

“I think it’s good that we unite and support our boxers. We have all seen (Charles) Manyuchi doing our country proud and we really want to groom more talented boxers. So we are doing all we can to ensure the guys are well prepared.

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