Tembo arrives for WBU fight

South African-based Tapiwa Tembo has arrived here for his crack at the World Boxing Union bantamweight title against Zambia’s Gibson Kamota, set for the City Sports Centre on October 26.

The Zimbabwean is training under the watchful eye of renowned Zambian, Clyde Musonda for the vacant WBU title, whose belt arrived here last month. A fit and strong-looking Tembo said he was looking forward to lifting the title and fulfiling his childhood dream.

“It has been my dream since childhood to fight for the world title. I have trained hard. I am still training hard to see that I win the title,” said Tembo. He and Kamota are scheduled to grapple over a 12-round contest, the winner of which will take over as the world champion.

Although there is not much in terms of financial rewards – only $2,500 for each of the boxers – Tembo said winning the title could open new horizons for better money in future. This is the first international fight to be staged here in more than 10 years, as promoters have been unable to stage such fights due to the harsh economic climate.

The promoters, Delta Force Boxing Promotions, see this venture as a big step towards reviving Zimbabwean boxing, which has been going through a period of gradual decline due non-activity on the local front.

German referee Arno Portrandt will handle the fight, which will also have an array of international judges on the panel, including South Africa’s Alfred Baquah, Zambia’s Astridah Mwale and respected Zimbabwean referee, John Govha.

The promoters have also lined up six supporting bouts on the under-card, one of which will feature Zimbabwe’s former World Boxing Organisation Pan African champion, Tineyi Mharidzo, against Edmore Takawira in a light middleweight fight.

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