Manyuchi's big night

HARARE - The much-anticipated Charles Manyuchi’s historic fight on home soil is on this evening at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC).

Manyuchi will take on Colombian boxer Jose Agustin Julio Feria in an 8-round non-title bout this evening.

The other interesting bout on the undercard is the fight between Zambia’s Lolitha Muzeya and Agnes Mtimaukanena of Malawi for the vacant WBC silver welterweight female title.

Manyuchi is using tonight’s bout to prepare for his WBC welterweight title defence against Russia’s Dmitry Mikhaylenko in a rematch on November 4.  

Manyuchi was initially pencilled to defend his title against Damien Martin tonight but the bout was called-off after the Frenchman withdrew under unclear circumstances. This resulted in the promoters settling for the Colombian boxer.

Yesterday, Manyuchi successfully weighed in at 66,4kg while his opponent Feria weighed 65,9kg which is in line with their welterweight category.

The 26-year-old Zimbabwean, who’s record is 19-2-1, goes into the fight largely expected to continue with his fine form. Manyuchi is undefeated in his last 18 fights.

His last defeat came way back in 2010 when he lost on points to South African Page Tshesane in Mpumalanga in a non-title fight.

Since then, the Zimbabwean has steadily risen up the welterweight ranks and finds himself as one of the world champions in the division.

At 33, Feria has more fights than Manyuchi and comes into this bout with a record of 21-3-1.

The Colombian, however, tasted defeat recently when he lost to Mexican Carlos Molina in January this year via a technical knockout (TKO).

Feria bounced back from that defeat to beat compatriot Miguel Romero in February also via a TKO.   

Manyuchi expressed confidence ahead of the fight saying he is geared up to face Feria.

“I’m a man of few words but what I can say is that this is my country, I will take him like my student and I will teach him a lesson,” Manyuchi told the Daily News earlier this week.

“I’m a diplomat and I’ll treat him like a diplomat as well. I would like to urge the fans to come in their numbers and watch their boy in action.”

Meanwhile, Mtimaukanena is confident of defeating Muzeya and land the vacant title.

“I’m well prepared for this fight, I have been training hard and was waiting for the day to arrive,” Mtimaukanena said.

“I just want to go into the ring and get that belt. It’s every boxer’s wish to win the belt. I have watched some of her previous fights, she is a good boxer and it will be a difficult fight. But I am ready to give everything and become a champion.”

Her opponent Muzeya said: “I’m ready for the fight. I have been training for it and I think I am in great shape to win. It’s up to me to win. I know her we fought before and I know what she is capable of doing. I am not underrating her.”

Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions manager Chris Malunga has urged fans to come in their numbers.

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