Ghetto boxing tourney explodes

HARARE - DELTA Force Boxing Academy organisers of the Ghetto Explosion Part One are confident that the country has what it takes to produce future boxing stars if only they could get support from individuals, the business community and the government.

Mbare’s Stodart Hall Netball Complex will host the Ghetto clash with the bout between Zimbabwe’s Tinashe Mandiwanza against Malawi’s Robert Kachiza in the International Super Bantamweight Championship being the main attraction.

Mandiwanza has an upper hand after downing the Malawian at his home in the last bout and he is confident to complete his double today.

“Having triumphed against my opponent in away in Malawi gives me confidence heading into this contest because I have the home support on my side and will be at my level best if I am to dispatch him again this time around,” Mandiwanza told the Daily News yesterday.

“There’s no doubt he has also done some serious home work since that time I beat him in Malawi which makes it a good and a challenging battle for me, however, once a champion always a champion.”

The Malawian is equally confident that what Mandiwanza did to him in Malawi gives him the satisfaction that home advantage counts to nothing in boxing.

“The fact that I lost at home means he also can lose here in front of his home fans so it’s game on. I will take the fight to him, I have noted my mistakes and sure to rectify that in the ring tomorrow,” Kachiza said.

Delta Force Boxing Academy boss Clyde Musonda said everything is set for the tournament that is being sponsored by Gypsite Electrical and Civil Contractors.

“Everything is set and the boxers are ready for the fight and on my part as the promoter I have deposited their purses, their bus fares and everything is set for Saturday’s (today) bout at Stoddart Hall in Mbare,” Musonda told the Daily News.

“I think so far so good and the problem we have locally is that we were not having any sponsor in boxing so Gypsite Electrical Contractors have come forward with the support.

“They have managed to buy us a new boxing ring, boxing gloves and they have also managed to give us purse money for the boxers so I think if we can manage to get more sponsors coming on board Zimbabwe can produce more champions.

“Some of the boxers who are outside the country are doing well because they are getting support...if our local boxers can get support as well we can have more Manyuchis (reference to boxer Charles Manyuchi).”