Tembo relishing maiden title fight

HARARE - South Africa-based Zimbabwean boxer Tapiwa Tembo is hoping his maiden title bout can provide a springboard to bigger and better things to his boxing career.

The talented boxer is currently preparing for his maiden title fight against Tanzanian Swedi Mohamed for the vacant WBF Africa Bantamweight later this month when Kalakoda Promotions and Kwese Sports host another Friday Fight Night boxing series at the City Sports Centre in Harare on January 26.

Tembo, who is from the Blood Sweat and Tears Boxing Club based in Cape Town, South Africa, feels the fight could signal the beginning of greater things ahead of his career declaring himself ready for the challenge Mohamed will throw at him.

“Preparations are going on well. I am pushing and I am ready for the fight now,” Tembo told the Daily News from his Cape Town base yesterday.

“To me, it’s a very important fight. It’s my first title fight and it has always been my dream to fight for one. It’s special because I will be fighting in front of my home crowd.

“I am ready to put up a great show. I want to show my country the real boxing and the talent we have. I’m not going to look too far ahead, I need to deal with Mohamed first and then look to future bouts.

“I think the possibilities after this fight are massive, it is about focusing on January 26 and after that the opportunities will open up and we can sit down and see where we go.”

Tembo has always stayed fit hitting the gym daily with his career-long trainers Mike Mutava and Felix Venganayi at their base in South Africa.

“I would like to thank my trainers Mutava and Venganayi, it’s been a great camp. I also want to thank my sponsors Eisenberg and Associates for taking care of me and making sure I am ready for my biggest day,” Tembo said.

“Again many thanks go to the best promotional company in Africa, Kalakoda Promotions for setting up this.”

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