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Dube confident ahead of Simba fight

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WBA Pan-African and Zimbabwe heavyweight boxing Thamsanqa Dube is confident he will beat heavyweight boxer Flo Simba in an international eight-round contest at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg, South Africa, on August 29.

Dube last had a taste of international action when he beat Jack Ells in South Africa, in 2009 to claim the WBA Pan-African Championship title.

In an interview with NewsDay Sport yesterday Dube said: “I am confident that I will beat Simba. I am training very hard. I train three times a day so that I am fit. It is going to be a very tough match but I want to win it.”

Dube said he is in need of funds so he can get sparring partners.

“I am sparring with Noel Mpofu and Martin Tshuma for now. But my wish is to get sponsorship so that I get Victor Moyo who is in South Africa and Collin Mutizwa from Gweru to help me prepare for the fight.

“I think that will intensify my preparations for the fight,” he said.

According to reports, Simba — originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo — has 10 wins and one loss while Dube has 12 wins and two losses in the professional scene.

Dube has a good record in the sport as he as he has defeated boxers who include Zambian boxer Joseph “Ramos” Phiri in 2006 while proving his mettle on the local scene against boxers like Smart Nkomo, retired boxer Gardner Ndingwa and Arigoma Chiponda.

Simba lost his last fight against 42-year-old Francois Botha at Emperor’s Palace in June while Dube beat Chiponda in the first round of the scheduled six-round contest at the Large City Hall, Bulawayo, in the same month.

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