Dube, Chiponda fight off


WBA Pan-African and Zimbabwe heavyweight boxing champion, Thamsanqa Dube, said he was disappointed injury had led to postponement of his Good Friday fight against Arigoma Chiponda at the Large City Hall.

Dube, who injured himself on the forearm while sparring, is eager to get back to the ring after more than a year without a meaningful fight.

The fight has been put on hold for a fortnight as a result of the injury.

Dube said he got injured while doing his training session last week in preparation for the bout against Chiponda.

“I hurt my forearm whilst I was sparring. The injury was bad because I could not throw a punch. But it is getting better now. I hope to fight soon,” said Dube.

The heavily-built Dube said the injury was a setback because it had disturbed preparations for the fight against the veteran Chiponda although he was eagerly awaiting the tie.

“This injury has affected my training programme. But I will prepare for the fight as I am looking forward to it,” he said.

Dube will make a welcome return to the ring after being on the sidelines due to lack of sponsorship.

He has fought and defeated boxers who include retired Gardner Ndingwa and Smart Nkomo.

Dube became national heavyweight champion in 2003 when he defeated Chiponda.