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Three boxers for Zambian bout

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Recently-starved of competition, three local boxers will get game time after being invited to Zambia to take part at a tournament organised by Zambian Exodus Boxing Stable on January 29.

Masvingo-based Charles Manyuchi, Lawrence Moyo and Silas Mandeya will trade leather with their Zambian counterparts at the Mulungushi Conference Centre in non title bouts.

National welterweight champion, Manyuchi, will clash with Zambia’s Ezaya Chilufya in the 66,6kg division over eight rounds.

Manyuchi is the son of former Zimbabwean light middleweight champion, Otis Manyuchi and in the six fights he has taken part in since turning professional, he has managed four wins two of them knock outs, while losing two.

In another bout, Zimbabwe’s Lawrence Moyo will square off against Zambia’s Nelson Banda in a non-title light welterweight bout in which both fighters have to weigh below 63,5kg.

Another local boxer, Silas Mandeya, will fight US-based Zambian welterweight champion Hastings Bwalya who is unbeaten in six bouts with five wins, five of them knockouts.

In contrast, Mandeya’s record is not flattering at all as he has lost all his three fights since turning professional with two of the defeats being knockouts.

The last time Mandeya was in the ring, he was knocked out in the fifth round by Namibian Sacky Shikukutu at the Kuisebmond Community Hall in Walvis Bay in August last year.

In an interview with NewsDay, Zimbabwe National Boxing and Wrestling Control Board secretary-general, Patrick Mukondiwa, said:

“This will be the first time this year that local boxers will be travelling outside the country for regional bouts and if they do well in this tourney, it will raise the profile of local boxers outside the country.”

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