Reigning Mr Ironman Isaac “Sugar” Chimuchenga has declared his readiness to defend his title when the country’s top bodybuilders flex their muscles at Ochi City on August 6.
Chimuchenga won the same contest in 2008 before it went on a two-year forced sabbatical due to lack of sponsorship.
Chimuchenga had a dream outing last year when he claimed the Mr Pro Fitness and the Mr Muscle and Fitness Open Classic titles, to ascertain himself as the man of the moment in bodybuilding. He has also added the Mr Zimbabwe International Trade Fair to his growing list of accolades.
Chimuchenga who pumps iron at the Muscle and Fitness Gym in Gweru, yesterday said he is ready to take on anyone at Ochi City.
He is, however, wary of stiff competition.
“I have been training very hard and I am ready to face anyone. I have a policy of preparing extra-hard because you never know how your competitors are also preparing.
“I am looking forward to stiff competition. The fact that I am fully aware that my competitors also want to come out tops makes me work harder everyday, so I am ready to defend the Mr Ironman title,” said Chimuchenga.
His training schedule was a one and half hour workouts every morning while his weight was currently at 78kg.
He revealed that he is taking more fruits than anything else in his build up to Mr Ironman which has somewhat become the informal Mr Zimbabwe contest.
It is still unclear if the Mr Zimbabwe will return this year.
Upcoming bodybuilders Simbarashe Ferro and Paul Goredema who are also from the Muscle and Fitness Gym will also be part of the hulks flexing their muscles at the August 6 competition.
Ferro — 21 last year — won the Mr Muscle and Fitness junior title before he was outdone together with Spencer Bhauti by Chimuchenga for the overall contest.
It will be revenge time for the likes of Zumailer Eusen-Maman, Bhauti, George Munyoro, Blessing Samaringa and Mr Novice Eddie Marondera, whose much hyped profiles have over the years been battered by Chimuchenga’s exploits.