Manyuchi rolls out boxing tourney

World boxing champion Charles Manyuchi has put together plans to host an armature boxing tournament here as part of his efforts to plough back to the community and develop the sport at grassroots level.

Charles Manyuchi

Charles Manyuchi

The inaugural tournament, slated for the first week of next month, is expected to draw pundits from across the province and see them take to the ring. Manyuchi’s sponsor, Mr T35, will bankroll the potentially exciting tournament.

“The biggest objective of the tournament will be to plough back to the Midlands community, which has supported me all the way from the beginning of my career. The second goal, which is also crucial, will be to develop boxing as a sport in the Midlands. I am hopeful the tournament will be a great success in those two aspects,” said Manyuchi.

The boxer is currently riding high following his successful defence of the World Boxing Council’s international welterweight championship, after he outshone Italian giant, Gianluca Frezza.

“After holding the Midlands tourney, we will spread the initiative to other places like Masvingo and Mashonaland East, where I have been humbled by the support from the people. Plans will also be made to then cover the remaining provinces,” he said.

The Midlands tournament is expected to go a long way in sprucing up efforts already being made by local boxing legends that are working hard to support young talent. Langton “Schoolboy” Tinago – also one of Zimbabwe’s yesteryear boxing heroes, has put together an academy that is likely to produce some of the fiercest fighters at Manyuchi’s tournament.

Some of the young pundits from Tinago’s academy have already been spotted and were part of the national squad that travelled to Congo-Brazzavile for the All-Africa games.

Tinago himself defied all odds to become the only three-time commonwealth champion and a super featherweight champion to become one of the sport’s greatest.

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