Manyuchi’s pro­mot­ers to meet Zim box­ing board

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sports - El­lina Mh­langa Harare Bureau

CHARLES Manyuchi’s pro­mot­ers Ori­en­tal Quar­ries Box­ing Pro­mot­ers were yes­ter­day ex­pected to meet the Zim­babwe Na­tional Box­ing and Wrestling Con­trol Board as they step up prepa­ra­tions for his ti­tle de­fence next month.

The World Box­ing Coun­cil wel­ter­weight sil­ver cham­pion is cur­rently train­ing in Zam­bia for his vol­un­tary de­fence fight sched­uled for Septem­ber 30 at the Harare In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence Cen­tre.

He beat Tan­za­nia’s Deogra­tias Samwel in a non-ti­tle wel­ter­weight bout on Satur­day in Lusaka, which was part of his build-up to next month’s fight.

Box­ing Con­trol Board mem­ber, Pa­trick Mkondiwa, said the pro­mot­ers, led by his man­ager Chris Malunga, were ex­pected in the coun­try late yes­ter­day for the meet­ing to map the way for­ward for the up­com­ing fight.

“We are ex­pect­ing the pro­mot­ers to­day (yes­ter­day) to start their pro­gramme and mar­ket­ing of the fight. We are meet­ing this evening when they ar­rive to come up with the lo­gis­tics on how to mar­ket the pro­gramme. “It’s just to kick-start the pro­gramme. “We have a check­list, so we want to work on what we have to do, what we are start­ing with on the check­list.

“They may be here for quite some time. To­mor­row (to­day) we will have an­other meet­ing but for to­day we want to map the way for­ward,” said Mkondiwa.

Mkondiwa, who was in Zam­bia of­fi­ci­at­ing in one of the fights on Satur­day, was full of praise for Manyuchi fol­low­ing his vic­tory in the non-ti­tle bout.

“His match in Zam­bia was good. He fought all the eight rounds and won by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion. He could have knocked him out early but I think it was their plan to fin­ish all rounds be­cause it helps him if he stretches through all rounds. “He dom­i­nated all the rounds,” said Mkondiwa. It’s the first time Manyuchi is go­ing to fight at home hav­ing won his ti­tles out­side Zim­babwe.

The Zim­bab­wean boxer has been on the rise since he be­came the WBC in­ter­na­tional wel­ter­weight cham­pion in 2014 af­ter beat­ing Ghana’s Pa­trick Al­lotey in Zam­bia.

He suc­cess­fully de­fended the ti­tle in Novem­ber of the same year when he de­feated Deivis Casseres in Zam­bia again.

Last year he re­tained his ti­tle against Gian­luca Frezza in Italy.

In May he un­der­lined his sta­tus as one of the best ris­ing box­ers on the African con­ti­nent by beat­ing Rus­sia’s Dmitry Mikhaylenko to be­come the World Box­ing Coun­cil wel­ter­weight sil­ver cham­pion.

Man­ager Christo­pher Malunga, Charles Manyuchi and trainer Mike Zulu

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