Manyuchi to fight Feria

HARARE - World Boxing Council (WBC) silver welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi will now fight Colombian Jose Agustin Julio Feria in a non-title bout next week.

There has been speculation surrounding Manyuchi’s upcoming fight after his initial opponent Damien Martin of France pulled out under unclear circumstances but yesterday his handlers at the Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQBP) confirmed the match is no longer a world title bout.

Manyuchi’s manager Chris Malunga said the 26-year-old pugilist will face Feria in an eight-round bout at the Harare International Conference Centre on October 14.

Malunga added that Manyuchi will then defend his title against Russian Dmitry Mikhaylenko in a rematch on November 4.

“I know a lot has been said and a lot is expected out of us,” Malunga told a press briefing yesterday.

“I can confirm that Damien Martin officially pulled out for reasons known to themselves. There are so many aspects why they pulled out but we cannot go into that detail.

“Any boxer can pull out any time. We had a plan B because we knew very much that people of Zimbabwe want to see Manyuchi fight at home. I am officially confirming now that Charles will fight against a boxer called Jose Agustin Julio Feria.

“He has a record of 21 wins, three loses and one draw in 25 fights and I think that is a good record. The reason why we have accepted it to happen it’s because it’s in the interest of the Zimbabwean people. They want to see Charles fight at home.

Malunga added: “Even the boxer said it himself that he wants to fight for his country so that they can also be entertained. We have done a lot to ensure that Charles wins that match on that day. So this fight is for the fans.

“Yes, we are looking with interest that he also has to defend in Russia by November.”

“We are at an advanced stage and I can assure you that the stage we have reached there is no going back.”  

There are seven other bouts on the card, five of them involving Zimbabwean boxers on the night.

Manyuchi said he is ready to make his country proud by schooling Feria.

“The change of opponent doesn’t matter. I will control him and make him a student in my country,” Manyuchi said.

Zimbabwe National Boxing and Wrestling Board of Control Board (ZNBWBC) chairman Paul Nenjerama said they have since given Manyuchi’s handlers the go ahead to stage the fight.

“The fight for Manyuchi on October 14, is going ahead as scheduled. The board has sanctioned it. We are also aware that Manyuchi will be defending his title on November 4, and our message is go for the TKO or a good win,” Nenjarama said.

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