New Zimbabwe.com

Manyuchi wins comeback fight

FORMER World Boxing Council (WBC) silver welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi made an early statement ahead of his anticipated forthcoming rematch against Qudratillo Abduqaxorov from Uzbekistan after stopping Tanzanian Belarusian Karage Suba in the first round at the weekend.

The 28 year-old, whose fight was watched by a crowd of over 20 000 fans in Zambia’s North-Western district of Solwezi, was making a return to the ring in nine months since after beating Democratic Republic of Congo’s Sheriff Kasongo in an African Boxing Union welterweight title bout in July last year.

It was also Manyuchi’s second bout since losing his WBC welterweight title to Abduqaxorov in March 2017.

Manyuchi sent Suba thrice to the canvass in the first round before the referee stopped the fight and declared him winner via knockout.

The fight was the main supporting bout in the Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions organised tournament where Zambia’s former WBC bantamweight gold champion Catherine Phiri clobbered Tanzanian Halima Yadimu via a first round knockout in the main bout.

Manyuchi’s manager Christopher Malunga, of Oriental Boxing Promotions told NewZimbabwe.com from his base in Lusaka, Zambia that the Mutoko-born boxer was eager to bounce back and reclaim his WBC title.

“You always get excited when your boxer wins a fight, also each fight is totally different, you need to make sure you work extra hard in terms of preparing your boxer towards the fight,” Malunga said.

“We are looking forward for him to bounce back fully and we are excited that he’s got that commitment to get back and I can assure him he will come back. He’s a professional boxer and he knows what is expected of him so we are happy that he won during the well-attended tournament in the North-Western district of Zambia where more than 20000 people came to watch the fight. We are very happy that all our boxers put on a good show.

Malunga also revealed that they were pushing to stage Manyuchi’s forthcoming rematch against Qudratillo Abduqaxorov in Harare.

It would be the first high-profile boxing contest to be staged in Zimbabwe.

“We are currently working hard with WBC to make sure that the fight is on and all arrangements are made. We are looking at the Zimbabwean market to see if we can put up a promotion there for a title bout and we are very interested to make sure that we commit yourself to make sure he get back,” he said.

Manyuchi was knocked out in the first round by Abduqaxorov in March, 2017 to lose the title. Indications were that he would be given a shot at the title in a rematch against Abduqaxorov, but the Uzbekistani’s camp failed to organise the fight in a prescribed time frame, and as was agreed in the contract.

The WBC subsequently stripped Abduqaxorov of the title, who had initially defeated Dmitry Mikhaylenko to retain the belt but he reclaimed the title in March after beating Hungary’s Laszlo Toth by unanimous decision.