Manyuchi steps up prepa­ra­tions

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Harare Bu­reau

WITH just over a month to go be­fore Charles Manyuchi’s World Boxing Coun­cil vol­un­tary title de­fence fight at home, his man­ager at Ori­en­tal Quar­ries Boxing Pro­mo­tions, Chris Malunga, has said they are on track with their prepa­ra­tions.

The match is set for Septem­ber 30 at the Harare In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence Cen­tre.

Manyuchi, who is cur­rently in Zam­bia for his train­ing, is ex­pected to take on French­man Damien Martin but be­fore that he has a warm-up match this month.

Speak­ing to our Harare Bu­reau from Zam­bia yes­ter­day, Malunga said they are step­ping up their prepa­ra­tions with an in­ter­na­tional wel­ter­weight non-title fight on Au­gust 27.

It will be an eight rounds fight with Manyuchi fac­ing Tan­za­nia’s Deogra­tias Samwel.

Samwel has won 9 of his 20 matches, drawn six and lost five.

“The prepa­ra­tions are mov­ing on very well. The Au­gust 27 fight is just a warm-up fight for him in readi­ness for the fight in Zim­babwe on 30 Septem­ber.

“It’s just a warm-up match to keep him in shape. He is do­ing very well and he is ready for the fight.

“Im­me­di­ately af­ter that fight we will come to Zim­babwe to start mar­ket­ing that fight (on Septem­ber 30).

“He is drop­ping the weight be­cause of the train­ing we are go­ing through and I don’t see any prob­lem.

“When he was in Zim­babwe he was do­ing some light train­ing and he has been here for some­time. So he is do­ing well,” said Malunga.

Manyuchi’s vol­un­tary title de­fence bout will be the high­light of sev­eral other WBC and African Boxing Union matches lined up next month.

Malunga said they are hop­ing the box­ers to com­pete in Harare to be in Zim­babwe two weeks be­fore the fights.

“He (Manyuchi) has re­main (in Zam­bia) be­cause his base is in Zam­bia. That is where his coaches and man­agers are, un­til maybe two weeks to go all box­ers will then come to Zim­babwe. to for

“They will be camped in Zim­babwe,” Malunga said.

Other Zim­bab­wean fight­ers that will be on the ros­ter come Septem­ber 30 are Any­way Katunga, who will take on Al­fred Mu­wowo of Ori­en­tal Quar­ries Boxing Pro­mo­tions in a non-title fly­weight fight.

Bar­bra Banda clashes with Zim­babwe’s Ku­dak­washe Chi­wandire in an­other non-title fly­weight bout while Gi­bon Kamota from Ori­en­tal Quar­ries takes on Ti­nashe Mwadzi­wana in a non­ti­tle ban­tamweight match. The ABU match is be­tween Ori­en­tal Quar­ries’ Mbiya Nkanku and Mo­hammed Las­soued from Tu­nisia in a su­per wel­ter­weight

bout.

Charles Manyuchi

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