Manyuchi dates Russian for August 18 fight
26 June 2018
FORMER World Boxing Council international and silver champion Charles Manyuchi last Saturday had a sendoff party organized for him by his academy and the Chivhu business community as he embarks on a mission to reclaim his world championship.
The colourful party, held at Phil-Jen Leisure Centre on the outskirts of the southern town, followed a visit to Harare a day earlier by Manyuchi’s manager at Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions,
Christopher Malunga, to have the Zimbabwean boxing icon append his signature to a fight in Russia on August 18 in which he faces Magomed Kurbanov for the International Boxing Federation title.
It will be held at the DIVS Arena, Ekaterinburg, the same venue where two years ago Manyuchi demolished Dmitry Mikhaylenko before a capacity crowd of 70 000 to claim the WBC silver title.
Malunga, in an exclusive interview with this paper last Friday, spoke at length about the new developments and the plans they have at OQBP to have their boxer reclaim “what is rightfully his.”
“I have brought a contract for the August 18 title match which, before signing, the boxer needed to be educated on certain clauses which we both agreed needed a bit of chiseling and a few amendments. I am happy that he appreciated the slight improvements we want added and that is a normal situation in such circumstances.
“But I can safely confirm that the assignment is Russia is 95% concluded, even the matchmaker has accepted most of our conditions and he (Manyuchi) should be coming to Lusaka for camp any time this week to fully prepare for the fight,” he said.
Malunga spoke at length about the forthcoming fight and the plans they have as a stable to ensure their boxer avoids what befell him in Singapore when he lost his title in the first round to Uzbek Qudratillo Abduxorov.
“We have given him a couple of international friendlies including a recent one in which he fought Sheriff Kasongo of Tanzania in Solwezi, Zambia, though over a shorter distance. This was aimed at keeping him active and ensuring that he does not drastically fall on the world rankings.
“We have also agreed that he will now fight in the super-welterweight (lightweight) division which is a notch up the traditional welterweight that he has over the years been categorized in.
“This also means that even his fighting style has to change and so do his sparring partners. That is the reason we need him in camp for a much longer period, but let me hasten to reiterate that as management we have decided and advised Charles that his fighting style certainly has to change 50%.
We don’t want a repeat of Singapore. Once beaten, twice shy,” said Malunga.
He also hinted that apart from the WBC, they will also be considering other sanctioning bodies such as the WBA, WBO and IBF, adding that a return match for Manyuchi in Harare was also in the offing.
Manyuchi during the sendoff ceremony held at the Phil-Jen Country Lodges, Chivhu at the weekend.