Manyuchi’s search for lost sting

The Sunday Mail (Zimbabwe) - - SPORT - Lang­ton Nyak­wenda

CHARLES MANYUCHI chose the quiet en­vi­rons of Chivhu, where he is slowly build­ing his busi­ness, to cel­e­brate his 29th birth­day last Mon­day.

The pomp and fan­fare that used to ac­com­pany his birth­day dur­ing his reign as WBC wel­ter­weight cham­pion is a thing of the past.

Whilst ev­ery­one wished Manyuchi many more years to come, the ques­tion on whether or not the boxer will rise again lin­gered in the minds of many.

Manyuchi has made fu­tile at­tempts to re­gain his place among box­ing’s elite since he lost his WBC sil­ver wel­ter­weight ti­tle to Uzbek pugilist Qu­dratillo Ab­duqax­orov in Sin­ga­pore on March 25, 2017.

His lat­est come­back fight ended in a de­feat to Rus­sian cham­pion Magomed Kur­banov at the DIVS Arena in Yeka­ter­in­burg, Rus­sia on Au­gust 18 this year.

Manyuchi has pur­sued his new love, box­ing pro­mo­tion, leav­ing fans in doubt over his com­mit­ment to a ca­reer in the ring. “I can do both,” he told The Sun­day Mail Sport last week. “When I am not in camp I make sure my sta­ble is taken care of. I am not quit­ting box­ing any­time soon. I still have age and the en­ergy to fight on.”

Manyuchi was only 23 when he started his as­cen­dancy to the top ech­e­lons of box­ing.

He beat Pa­trick Sou Toke of Burk­ina Faso in Oua­gadougou on June 28, 2013, to land his first in­ter­na­tional ti­tle — the African Box­ing Union crown.

Manyuchi went for the va­cant WBC In­ter­na­tional wel­ter­weight ti­tle in March 2014 and knocked out Pa­trick Al­lotey of Ghana at the Gov­ern­ment Com­plex in Lusaka, Zam­bia.

He made a huge step for­ward on May 6, 2016 when he de­feated Rus­sian wel­ter­weight cham­pion Dmitry Mikhaylenko to land the WBC sil­ver ti­tle at the DIVS Arena in Yeka­ter­in­burg. The world was at Manyuchi’s feet. And then the ground dis­ap­peared from be­neath him. Manyuchi lost his WBC sil­ver wel­ter­weight belt in a first round knock­out at the hands of the un­her­alded Ab­duqax­orov last year.

“Mine has been a jour­ney of blood, sweat and tears. I worked hard to reach the top, thanks to my Zam­bian pro­mot­ers Ori­en­tal Quar­ries,” re­flected Manyuchi.

“But you win some and lose some. I am glad I put Zim­babwe on the in­ter­na­tional box­ing map and also man­aged to put food on my fam­ily’s ta­ble.

“I now have houses in Chivhu, I have some busi­nesses that I am run­ning and it’s all be­cause of box­ing. But without God I wouldn’t have achieved all this.”

With a record of 22-4-1, Manyuchi who has shifted to the su­per wel­ter­weight di­vi­sion, is now ranked 53rd in the world.

“I be­lieve I will rise again,” said the boxer.

Charles Manyuchi cel­e­brated his 29th birth­day with fam­ily and friends in Chivhu last Mon­day

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