Oriental Boxing Promotions’ Christopher Malunga revealed that Nadier Hawkins of France who was supposed to fight Zambia’s Catherine Phiri for the World Boxing Council welterweight title has pulled out of the fight and the organizers are waiting for the World Boxing Council to bring in another opponent for Phiri. The secretary general of the Zimbabwe National Boxing Board of Control Gilbert Munetsi confirmed the postponement of the fight but said Manyuchi would remain in Zambia to continue preparations for the fight. Manyuchi now fights under Zambia’s Oriental Boxing Promotions who have contracted him to fight in that country for the next three years.
According to Malunga, the WBC International title which Manyuchi will be fighting for fell vacant after the then champion Shane Mosley relinquished the belt in favour of fighting in a different weight division.
Malunga said the 51st World Boxing Council Convention voted unanimously to have Manyuchi fight Kalote for the vacant title.
This was after the Zambian boxing promotional company declared Manyuchi’s challenge for the vacant championship and received the support of such countries as South Africa, Ghana, Tunisia as well as Zambia itself.
Malunga said they have raised half of the $150,000 required to make the fight a success as the day will also feature another world title fight in which Zambia’s female boxer Catherine Phiri will be defending her WBC title. Catherine is not related to retired former world champion Esther also from Zambia.
Malunga said that although Kalote had been very impressive he remained confident that Manyuchi would come out victorious, adding that their aim is to see Manyuchi challenge for the main WBC welterweight title whose champion, Floyd Mayweather of the USA, is the highest paid sportsperson in the world. The WBC International title for which Manyuchi and Kalote are fighting, is the third in the perking order in titles under the welterweight division within the World Boxing Council.
Manyuchi won the Africa Boxing Union title in June after defeating Patrice Toke in his home country of Burkina Faso. He defended the title against Issac Sowe of Ghana in Lusaka, Zambia in September.
Five months later, he is in line for the world title. Zimbabwe’s Monalisa Sibanda, Takudzwa Kuchocha and Chamunorwa Gorerenda have also been roped in to fight in the undercard of Manyuchi’s world title fight.Post published in: Sport