Baba hosts box­ing ex­trav­a­ganza

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport Starts Here - Allen Khu­malo Sports Re­porter

BU­L­AWAYO Am­a­teur Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (Baba) will hold a box­ing ex­trav­a­ganza fea­tur­ing teams from around the coun­try at Mathon­isa Beer Gar­den in Mpopoma on Satur­day. Box­ers from Bu­l­awayo’s eight clubs Nketa, Nku­lumane, Tshaka, Loben­gula, Lu­veve’s Percy, HQ One Brigade, Sikhulile and Bu­l­awayo West will bat­tle it out in dif­fer­ent weight di­vi­sions with pugilists from other parts of the coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to Baba spokesper­son Ar­vian Mathe, Im­bizo High School on the out­skirts of the city, Great Zim­babwe Univer­sity, Harare, Vic­to­ria Falls Academy, Gwanda and Team Zim­babwe will con­verge at Mathon­isa for the event.

“We hope our fans will con­tinue to show sup­port by com­ing in num­bers since we have held a num­ber of com­pe­ti­tions in the area,” Mathe said.

He also said the tour­na­ment is aimed at de­vel­op­ing box­ing in the coun­try and would be a great op­por­tu­nity for Team Zim­babwe to pre­pare for the African Union Sports Coun­cil Re­gion Five Games to be held in An­gola later this year.

“The tour­na­ment is meant to keep lo­cal box­ers fit. Team Zim­babwe will take this op­por­tu­nity to pre­pare for the Re­gion Five Games since there is no mother body to help them pre­pare.

“As Baba, we de­cided to give them an op­por­tu­nity to keep fit and pre­pare for the re­gional games.”

The pro­pri­etor of Mathon­isa Beer Gar­den, Nobuhle Dube, said she made the venue avail­able for free in ad­di­tion to a nom­i­nal fee paid to Baba to as­sist in stag­ing the event.

“This is the third time in 2016 that we will be host­ing box­ing bouts.

‘‘It’s a small con­tri­bu­tion to­wards pro­mot­ing the sport in Bu­l­awayo,” said Dube — @khumza­llen.

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