Attributing his recent success to God and hard work, the Masvingo-based boxer, who won the championship in Zambia last month after his knockout win over Patrick Allotey of Ghana in the eighth round, declared:
“God had plans for me and he has rewarded me. I am now ready to meet the best boxers in the world and I feel am ready to challenge anyone in my category.” He paid tribute to Zambian boxers, who he said helped him become the competitive boxer he is now.
“Before I was crowned champion, I had fights with 10 Zambians and managed to beat all of them. I was then exposed to other boxers in Malawi Tanzania and the Democratic republic of Congo DRC,” said Manyuchi.
“When I challenged Allotey, I had prepared for the fight for a long time. Last year I did not enjoy my Christmas holiday because I was busy preparing for that fight.” Before he was stripped of his championship, the Ghanaian had an unbeaten record. He had fought 30 fights undefeated, with 24 of them having been knock-out wins.
“You have to be physically fit for you to get into the boxing ring,” said Manyuchi, who boasted that the sport had huge financial gains.
Government has, through the ministry of Tourism and Hospitality, heaped praise on Manyuchi, whom it described as one of the country’s leading sportsmen.
The Masvingo city council has also pledged to honour him with a residential stand, after he became the first Zimbabwean to lift the World Boxing Council International welterweight championship.Post published in: Sport