Boxing set for exciting times

HARARE - Local boxing fraternity is headed for exciting times if efforts by Video Promotions Africa (VPA) and several budding local promoters of the sport is anything to go by.

Boxing had in the previous years taken a retrogressive step in the country largely due to shortage of sponsorship culminating in lack of major local tournaments being staged.

But in a bid to revive the sport across the country, VPA and local promoters have come together and lined up a series of tournaments dubbed “Friday Nite Fights” and will be broadcast live on local television.

If successful, the ambitious plan could lay down the foundation for a return to the good old days when the country was the top boxing nation on the continent.

Their pilot project is on this Saturday when promoter, Boris Zneider, of the Boris Black Fist Boxing Academy, host his tournament at Magamba Hall in Warren Park.

At least 13 bouts have already been confirmed with three title bouts while on offer will also be three bouts featuring ladies.

The tournament will also see some of the boxers turn professional.

And speaking at a press conference yesterday ahead of the tournament, Zneider said everything is now in place for the boxers to shine.

“We are sure to return back to professional boxing,” said Zneider.

“It’s been a while since we have major tournaments. But we are now coming back and everything is now in place. We will have our first tournament this weekend and I can confirm that everything is now in place and weigh-in is on Friday.

“I can confirm that 13 fights have already been confirmed and six more could be confirmed by Friday. So yes we are looking forward to exciting times once again in boxing.  

“I just want to urge boxers to take the sport serious because it’s a form of employment. Boxers need to remain loyal and avoid moving from one stable to the other as it will impact negatively on their careers.

VPA director Herbert Chikoto said their main objective is to develop talent in the country.

“The idea is to see as many youngsters as possible participating in boxing. We will work with boxing promoters who want to host their tournaments. Every Friday going forward there is going to be boxing fights.

“This thing is not only confined to Harare only. We shall move around the country to Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare and other cities. We want to develop boxing in this country to the extent where we could attract regional boxers to come and fight here.”

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