No shortcuts for Zim boxers

The Zimbabwe National Boxing Board of Control has introduced strict measures to avoid Zimbabwean boxers getting a shortcut to international fights, after humiliating defeats in the past 10 years.

Charles Manyuchi
Charles Manyuchi

The board’s secretary-general, Gilbert Munetsi, said they would not allow a Zimbabwean boxer to fight on the international front without first proving themselves locally by winning the national title and defending it a number of times.

The decision is aimed at saving boxers from the being rushed into fights they aren’t yet ready for by over-eager promoters.

The new requirements will apply to all local boxers, including established ones, and all local promoters, irrespective of their reputation in the sport.

Munetsi said they wanted to ensure that the best boxers got the chance to fight internationally, as they sought to return the sport back to the good old days when Zimbabwe was the best boxing nation in Africa.

The country has an Africa champion in welterweight title-holder Charles Manyuchi, but there are few other fighters making the grade.

According to Munetsi, the boxing controlling body is planning to stage a tournament in which all national titles will be stake.

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