Charles Manyuchi’s ti­tle de­fence fight resched­uled

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

CHARLES Manyuchi’s World Box­ing Coun­cil wel­ter­weight sil­ver ti­tle de­fence against France’s Damien Martin has been resched­uled to next month as the pro­mot­ers have other en­gage­ments which could com­pro­mise their prepa­ra­tions for the megabout.

The fight was ini­tially set for Septem­ber 30 at the Harare In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence Cen­tre but is now sched­uled for Oc­to­ber 14 at the same venue.

Manyuchi’s man­ager, Chris Malunga, con­firmed the de­vel­op­ment yes­ter­day at the Min­istry of Sport and Re­cre­ation of­fices in Harare.

“Charles Manyuchi’s fight was sup­posed to take place on the 30th of Septem­ber and we are com­ing from a WBC gold ti­tle fight for Cather­ine Phiri where she de­fended the ti­tle,” said Malunga.

“Nes­tle picked Cather­ine Phiri to be­come one of the brand am­bas­sadors for Nes­tle and I had to travel al­most im­me­di­ately af­ter the fight to Cape Town.

“That cost us al­most a week and im­me­di­ately af­ter she won the Vice Pres­i­dent of Zambia in­vited us for lunch and that also took al­most close to a week.

“Then, se­condly, we had to look at a part­ner. We had to come up with a part­ner whom we can work with in terms of some­body who un­der­stands the mar­ket­ing as­pect of the fight.

“And some­body who un­der­stands, who has han­dled in­ter­na­tional events be­fore and I had to screen a lot of peo­ple. I had put one week of screen­ing but be­cause of that de­lay we went into the sec­ond week and that means the two weeks of the fight were swal­lowed.”

Malunga re­vealed they en­gaged the ser­vices of Hugo Moore event man­agers to mar­ket the fight.

“The new part­ner we picked, we came up with, is Hugo Moore event man­agers. They are go­ing to work with Ori­en­tal Quar­ries Box­ing Pro­mo­tion to make sure that we put up a very good box­ing pro­mo­tion.

“A pro­mo­tion, which is go­ing to leave a mark and a pro­mo­tion which is go­ing to mo­ti­vate a lot of young boys and girls to take the sport very se­ri­ously.

“Their role will be to mar­ket the fight and also when you are in a for­eign mar­ket you need to have a lo­cal per­son to tell you, to iden­tify also com­pa­nies which we can ap­proach in terms of spon­sor­ing this. We are also look­ing at mak­ing sure that we work with more Zimbabwean peo­ple in terms of this event man­age­ment.

“Charles Manyuchi will de­fend his ti­tle here. This is a new date, he will de­fend the ti­tle,” said Malunga.

The main sup­port­ing bout for the day will be the fe­male WBC ti­tle fight be­tween Lolita Muzeya of Ori­en­tal Quar­ries and Ag­ness Muti Mauka­nena of Malawi.

The bud­get for the match is $172 000 and Malunga is con­fi­dent they will meet their tar­get to stage a suc­cess­ful event.

“Work­ing with Hugo Moore, we will make sure that the re­sources are raised for this very im­por­tant fight. What we need only is po­lit­i­cal will, the govern­ment does not give money any­how.

“But the govern­ment, once it speaks, we know our mar­ket­ing strat­egy will raise the re­sources,” said Malunga.

Act­ing per­ma­nent sec­re­tary in the Min­istry of Sport and Re­cre­ation, Martin Dube, said they had to en­gage the pro­mot­ers as they were wor­ried about the prepa­ra­tions for the fight.

“As Zim­bab­weans we were con­cerned ac­tu­ally that not much was hap­pen­ing in the prepa­ra­tions for this fight. So we had to con­tact the pro­moter be­cause we were look­ing for­ward to the fight on the 30th.

“But when he ex­plained the rea­sons why he needs two weeks we bought into it and I am sure Zim­bab­weans will still come in their num­bers to sup­port the fight on the 14th,” said Dube.

In other bouts lined up for the day Zim­babwe’s Any­way Katunga will be on the ros­ter as he dates Al­fred Mu­wowo of Ori­en­tal Quar­ries Box­ing Pro­mo­tions in a non-ti­tle fly­weight fight.

Ku­dak­washe Chi­wandire clashes with Zam­bian Bar­bra Banda in a non-ti­tle fly­weight bout. Gi­bon Kamota from Ori­en­tal Quar­ries takes on an­other Zimbabwean boxer, Ti­nashe Mwadzi­wana, in a non­ti­tle ban­tamweight match.

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