Mpofu moves to Harare-based sta­ble

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Sports Reporter

UNHERALDED Bulawayo heavy­weight pugilist Trevor Mpofu has signed for Harare-based No Pain, No Gain Box­ing Sta­ble in des­per­ate ef­forts to get his ca­reer back on track.

The 23-year-old boxer, who trains at Makokoba’sakokoba’s Tshaka Youth Cen­tre un­der renowned trainer Philip “Striker” Ndlovu, said he moved to thehe Clyde Mu­sonda-pow­ered No Pain, No Gain sta­bletable in Septem­ber.

The Harare sta­ble fa­cil­i­tated Mpofu’s bap­tisim of fire in pro­fes­sional box­ing last month when he faced Aleck Go­goda in the sup­port­ingt­ing bout of Zim­bab­wean World Box­ing Coun­cil­ncil (WBC) sil­ver wel­ter­weight cham­pion, Charlesles Manyuchi’s non-ti­tle fight against Colom­bianan op­po­nent Jose Agustin Julio Fe­ria.

Mpofu, a for­mer spar­ring part­ner to for­mer Pan-African World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion heavy­weight cham­pion Tham­sanqa Dube, lost to Go­goda in the first round.

“I’m re­ally itch­ing to get back into the ring and fight. I’ve signed for No Pain, No Gain Box­ing Sta­ble in Harare who I be­lieve will help me get my ca­reer off the ground.

“They or­gan­ised a fight for me last month which I lost be­cause of rust. I’ve been work­ing hard with coach Striker (Ndlovu)) here in Bulawayo with the hope of get­ting a fight be­fore the end of the year,” said Mpofu..

He said he has worked on his short­com­ingsngs against Go­goda.

“The mis­take I made against Go­goda was that I dropped my guard and then he caught me with a heavy punch which was fol­lowed by com­bi­na­tion­bi­na­tion of punches. I didn’t get time to re­spond andd lostlt ththe game on a tech­ni­cal knock­out.

“I would love to have a re­match be­cause I don’t think I de­served to lose. The other thing is that I had shoddy prepa­ra­tions for that fight, only train­ing for less that three weeks be­fore we fought,” said Mpofu.

Mpofu drew pub­lic at­ten­tion last year when he chal­lenged Dube, the most feared heavy­weight pugilist, for a fight.

Mu­sonda tried to pro­mote the Dube-Mpofu bill which failed to ma­te­ri­alise due to lack of fund­ing.

Mpofu re­it­er­ated yes­ter­day that he is keen to fight Dube who has strug­gled to get chal­lengers since 2011.

“On any day I’ll fight Thamu (Dube) and if there are pro­mot­ers out there who are will­ing to get us in the ring I would be happy,” he said — ZililoR.

Trevor Mpofu

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