Boxing's big night is here

HARARE - Zimbabwe boxers Elvis “The Bomber” Moyo and Chamunorwa “Sting” Gonorenda have expressed confidence ahead of tonight’s World Boxing Federation (WBF) African title bouts scheduled for Harare International Conference Centre (HICC).

South Africa-based heavyweight Moyo will square up against Bernard Adie of Kenya for the WBF Africa title in the main bout while Gonorenda will fight Kaminja Ramadan of Tanzania for the WBF cruiserweight belt.

Speaking at a press conference yesterday ahead of tonight’s fight, Moyo said he was excited to be fighting in a professional fight for the first time in his homeland.

“I’m pretty excited to be in Harare. I’m pretty excited to be in Zimbabwe. This is my first professional fight in Zimbabwe as a professional boxer and it looks to be big as we had predicted,” Moyo told the Daily News.

“This is where the Bomber was initially loaded. We are professional entertainers and we will definitely entertain you.

“The only problem is that most of my opponents waste my time by running away so I’m pleading to Adie not to run away. I would be grateful if I fight for six rounds. I’m gonna throw the bombs.”

Gonorenda was equally confident to deliver and declared war against his opponent saying he would not allow the Tanzanian to go away with the belt.

“I’m greatly honoured to fight in my home country. I cannot afford to lose. So it’s going to be war tomorrow,” Gonorenda said.

“I have been preparing well for this fight. My last fight was in June and I won by knockout in less than 1min 30sec. I have been training hard I don’t think my opponent stands any chance.

“For me this is a stepping stone to more good things to come. I’m urging fans to come in their numbers and please come early because they might miss the fight because I don’t waste time.”

The event is a pan-African boxing show with potential to attract over 200 million viewers across the continent after internationally-acclaimed sports channel ESPN Kwese and popular South African boxing promotions Kalakoda teamed up to launch the “Friday Fight Nights” series, the first of which was in Namibia on July 28.

There will also be eight fights on the undercard with boxers from Zimbabwe, Kenya, Malawi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania.

Zimbabwe’s Lawrence Moyo faces Wilson Masamba of Malawi in an international light welterweight match while Felix Venganayi and George Otieno of Kenya clash in an eight-round lightweight bout.

Nicola Mutonhora will come face-to-face with Alick Mweda of Malawi in a non-title super middleweight bout.

Tickets are on sale at the HICC with up close view of the action from the VIP section costing $100 while the cheapest ticket is $15.

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