Gonorenda out to destroy Tshams

HARARE - South Africa-based Zimbabwean boxer Chamunorwa “Sting” Gonorenda will be the star attraction at the Rapid Fire Friday Night Series as he defends his title against Tshanda Tshams of South Africa at Wyneberg Military Base.

The Zimbabwean, who had a bout postponed last month, says he is confident of defending his WBF cruiserweight title in a bout scheduled to go for 10 rounds tomorrow night.

“I’m training and pushing very hard. I am in the best possible shape and frame of mind to fight in this bout. It is my first title defence so I can’t afford to lose and indeed Tshams will regret the day he signed the contract because I’m not here to lose my title,” Gonorenda told the Daily News from Cape Town, South Africa yesterday.

“I just got it and have to defend both my country and my belt; I’m going out for the world title which is my aim.

“I am focused and training everyday. I actually quit my job to just concentrate on boxing only and I know if I’m fit and strong no one will stand in front of me. I will go through anything and very soon I will be carrying the world title on my shoulders.”

WBF president Howard Goldberg recently touted Gonorenda as a potential world-class boxer only if he remains grounded and takes his boxing seriously.

Gonorenda, however, sees this as a motivation coming from the president and not an element of added pressure being put on him.

“This cannot put me under any pressure. I know he’s there to push and motivate me. These are the kind of words that motivates me and coming from the president. He actually wants me to do well, it’s actually pushing me to do well and I know I’m the best,” he said.

“Goldberg is there to motivate and push the boxers to deliver what he expects in the ring. It’s (WBF) an organisation that should have good boxers and he also expects us to deliver what we are expected of so I don’t see it as an added pressure.”

Gonorenda has not been fazed by his fight against Tshams being the main draw card on the night.

“I just want to thank God for making me a boxer and giving me the potential to be on top of the world,” he said.

“I also want to thank my promoters Kalakoda Boxing Promotions, my manager Robert Furnace; he saw the talent in me and he is grooming me and pushing me to do well; these are the people that I will never forget Edson Zvobgo junior from Masvingo, for the sponsorship, my family and the people of Zimbabwe, I know they are all behind me and my success.”

Also on the same night, South African Thembani “Baby Jake” Mbangatha will take on Mayhihlomo “The Axe” Mojonono for the vacant WBF Africa featherweight title.

Besides these two bouts, there are also seven other fights on the undercard.

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