Musonda: Promoter on a mission

HARARE - Budding boxing promoter Clyde Musonda is certainly not the most gifted public speaker.

He does not possess the stage presence of Lovemore Banda or the nice-guy charm of Hugo Ribatika, and he certainly is not the most resourced promoter in the country.

But Musonda, a former champion himself, who is now the proud owner of a growing boxing promotion stable — Delta Force Academy — is slowly making a name for himself as a self-made success story.

His goal is clear and in his quest to make the fistic sport popular in the country, Musonda is not leaving any stone unturned as he seeks to take boxing to another level.

“The most popular sport in the country is soccer and I also want to make boxing popular and I believe it’s possible,” Musonda told the Daily News on Sunday.

Musonda is probably one of the many reasons boxing has survived throughout the years in the country.

His passion for the sport, the fans, and most importantly, his fighters has proven to be an excellent business model in a sport where greed tends to take centre stage.

“Boxing was very popular back then in the country and I felt lately we haven’t been doing enough to promote the sport. I would really want to see boxing growing to greater heights,” Musonda said.

“I started doing boxing when I was 12-years-old and I have never looked back since then. It is my hope that we keep on producing good fighters in this country in the calibre of Charles Manyuchi. I believe the talent is there and it only needs us to develop it.”

Musonda, who is also a registered international matchmaker, considers himself one of the lucky few; a boxing promoter who has done things the right way, kept his integrity intact, and does not have any regrets about the way he is handling his business.

The 43-year-old, who is also a qualified trainer, is happy with the passion being shown by the new Zimbabwe Boxing Board of Control.

“I’m not the only promoter out there who is on the straight and narrow. The number of promoters who are having success in the country is slim which calls for the need to do more,” he added.

“I’m also happy with the support I am currently getting from the boxing board. I hope it stays like that for the good of the sport. They are a dedicated team and I foresee a bright future for the sport.”

Since acquiring his licence in 2013, Musonda has been able to keep six professional boxers under his stable.

Musonda also works with other boxing promotions from in and outside the country and has a good working relationship with Malawi’s No Pain No Gain which have seen them stage a number of boxing tournaments recently.

“So far I have six professional boxers like Tinashe Mutodza, Thembani Mhlanga, Blessing Kachigwada and Tinashe ‘Chairman’ Madziwane among others,” he said.

“Trust me the future looks very bright. We are developing champions at our stable.”

Musonda is currently organising his first boxing tournament that will see Madziwane fighting Hashimu Zuberi of Tanzania for a unification bout for the vacant World Boxing Organisation (WBO), World Boxing Confederation (WBC) and African Boxing Union (ABU) belts.

“We want to send a statement that we are not joking when we say we want to take boxing to another level. It’s going to be a huge tournament and we’re working hard to ensure it becomes a success,” Musonda said.

Musonda began his boxing career as a 12-year-old in a journey that has saw him represent the country at the 1998 All Africa Games.

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