“Sting” Austrian bout cancelled

HARARE - Zimbabwean boxer Chamunorwa “Sting” Gonorenda Austrian-bout scheduled for Friday against Bosnian Mirnes Donadic has been cancelled following Visa challenges faced by the South-Africa based athlete.

The WBF All Africa Cruiserweight champion was set to fight in the Euro/Africa contest on Friday but the organisers of the bout opted for a replacement after the boxer notified them of the challenges he was experiencing in acquiring the visa to Austria for the $4 000 fight.

The Gweru-born boxer is currently on a roll, with four consecutive knockout wins and was hoping to take that momentum into the fight against the Bosnian.

The Austrian-embassy in South Africa acknowledged receipt of the boxer’s sports visa application and said the process would take a bit of time for non-South African passport holders.

“Please note that your application...is still under process with the Austrian embassy, the processing time is 15 calendar days with South African passport holder but it might take longer with non-south African passport holders,” Austrian embassy officials wrote to Gonorenda.

Efforts to get a comment from the same Embassy regarding the state of the athlete’s passport by this paper yielded little results with an attendant saying that as a standard procedure “Sadly we cannot give out any information to third parties.”

Gonorenda he was disappointed but will now look forward to his home-coming bout against Democratic Republic of Congo’s Djokiyo Sakaji set for April 27 in Harare. The last time he fought in Harare was in August

“It’s a huge disappointment, the organisers replaced me when they heard about that I was having problems with my visa but I believe the fight was not destined to be mine because everything happens for a reason,” Gonorenda told the Daily News from South Africa.

“If it was mine, I don’t think it was going to take this long before being issued with the visa so I will remain gracious of the circumstances because only God determines our steps and I believe in the Almighty God.

“The fight I’m now preparing for is a much tougher fight than the European one and I must prove that I am the best boxer on the land and I belong to the top 10 cruiserweight boxers in the whole world. I have gone through so many disappointments in my career; this is just one of them but I am as tough in the ring as I am in real life so I don’t back down easily.”

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