Manyuchi's opponent Feria arrives

HARARE - Colombian boxer Jose Agustin Julio Feria arrived in the country yesterday for Friday’s non-title fight against World Boxing Council (WBC) silver welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC).

The lowly-ranked Colombian replaced Manyuchi’s initial opponent Damien Martin of France, who was supposed to face the 26-year-old in a voluntary title defence but pulled out under unclear circumstances.

And upon arrival yesterday afternoon, Feria was in bullish mood saying he did not come to enjoy the country’s sunny weather.

“I’m not in Harare for some fun in the sun. I will beat the lights out of your Manyuchi,” said the Spanish-speaking Feria through an interpreter.

Manyuchi will battle Feria in an eight-round bout while there will also be eight fights on the undercard.

Manyuchi’s manager at Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions Chris Malunga was expecting all the other boxers who will be on the bill to arrive last night.

“The stage is now set for the big night. Everything is getting into place for the fight,” Malunga said.

“We are expecting all the fighters today (yesterday). We have been in touch with everyone, some who are travelling by road have already crossed the border and they should be here tonight (last night).”

Manyuchi will be using Friday’s fight against Feria as preparation for his title defence against Russian Dmitry Mikhaylenko in a rematch on November 4.

Manyuchi, who became the WBC silver welterweight champion after beating Mikhaylenko in May this year, told the Daily News last week that he was ready for the fight.

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


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