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Dube to grace Ochi City boxing tourney

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Zimbabwe’s heavyweight boxing champion Thamsanqa Dube will grace a boxing tournament at Ochi City Safari Lodge on the outskirts of Harare on Saturday.

A total of 14 boxers are expected to fight for honours at the tournament organised by safari owner Oliver Chibage.

The lodge events organiser Prominence Makaza told NewsDay that the aim of the tournament was to promote boxing in the country which had taken a nosedive in recent years.

“We are trying to rescue the sport of boxing, a sport which has not been well of late,” said Makaza.

“We are hosting the tournament hoping to get sponsors for our local boxers. We have good boxers around the country but they have not been getting enough exposure. Boxers in other countries are earning a living out of the sport but it’s different here,” added Makaza.

He said winners would be rewarded handsomely although he refused to divulge the exact amount they would get.

“I’m not at liberty to disclose the amount at the moment. The prizes will be negotiated between the organisers and the fighter but what I can say is that they will get something big.”

The weigh-in takes place on Friday at Raylton Sports Club.

Dube is expected to hog the limelight at the tournament as he will fight professional debutant Noel Mpofu.

Masvingo-based Charles Manyuchi will battle it out with Clemence Matiyala in a welterweight non-title bout while Enock Musambudzi should be at his best when he clashes with Farai “Master” Kachikwanda in the light-middleweight category.

Ronald Taamani, a product of Alfonso “Mosquito” Zvenyika’s boxing academy, will have to replicate his master’s skills to have any hope of defeating Trymore Musira of the Epworth Boxing Club in the super-bantamweight category.

In the women category, Diana Makumbe of Hard Rock will fight Cecilia Pitiseni of the Epworth club in a lightweight bout.

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