Harare boxer Tinashe Madziwana has a chance of becoming the next WBA Pan-African flyweight champion when he fights Namibian boxer Joseph Hilongwa in a WBA Pan-African flyweight 12-round title contest in Namibia on July 30.
Madziwana has a chance of emulating heavyweight boxer Thamsanqa Dube who is the reigning WBA Pan-African and Zimbabwe heavyweight boxing champion. Four other boxers from Zimbabwe will also travel to Namibia for non-title fights.
Team manager Peter Kambuyi yesterday said: “Our boxers will be travelling to Namibia for the fights. The main bout will feature Madziwana against Hilongwa from Namibia. Madziwana is an up-and-coming boxer who has got potential and is hungry for success. The advantage is that he knows how Hilongwa fights because they fought in 2008, but he was defeated in a unanimous points decision. I am confident he will win this time,” he said.
Kambuyi said the tournament would give exposure to local boxers as they had been starved of fights locally.
“We have been facing challenges in hosting boxing tournaments over the years. But our boxers still need the exposure if they are to become successful boxers,” he said.
In other bouts Bulawayo boxer Meluleki Ngulube will trade leather with Namibian boxer David Lita in a four-round light-flyweight contest. Ngulube will be making a debut appearance in international tournaments after turning professional on June 5.
“I have prepared well for the fight. I think I will beat the Namibian boxer and win my first international professional fight,” Ngulube said.
Promising Bulawayo boxer Ntando Sibanda gets his first taste of international professional boxing action when he fights Albinus Felesinu in a six-round junior lightweight bout.
In another fight, Dumezweni Ntuli from Bulawayo will fight Tommy Nakashima in a six-round super-bantamweight contest while Enock Musambidzi from Harare will square up against Lukas Ndafoluma in a four-round welterweight contest.