ZIMBABWE’S Africa Boxing Union (ABU) welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi was expected to go into camp yesterday as he intensifies his preparations ahead of his World Boxing Union (WBC) title fight set for January 25 at the Government Complex in Lusaka, Zambia.
The Masvingo-born Zimbabwean boxing star takes on Ghanaian Patrick Allotey for the vacant WBC welterweight title next month.
Manyuchi’s fight is expected to be the main bout on the day while Zambia’s Catherine Phiri, who is also the ABU bantamweight women champion, would be up against Nadi Hokmi of France for the vacant WBC silver bantamweight title.
Both Manyuchi and Phiri compete under the Zambia-based stable Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions.
Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQBP) operations manager Chris Malunga told the Times of Zambia in Lusaka that Manyuchi arrived in Lusaka on Sunday to start preparations for next month’s fight.
And coach Mike Zulu said the boxers are focused on winning the titles because they understand what it means to win a WBC title.
Zulu said his camp was aware of Allotey’s strengths and weaknesses and that he was confident Manyuchi will beat his opponent when the two square off.
“Our aim is to get those two WBC belts that will make Zambian boxing get recognition and be ranked third in the world. Winning these titles would be a gateway to challenging for senior belts,” he said.
Manyuchi successfully defended his ABU welterweight title against Ghana’s Isaac Sowah in Lusaka on September 28 and has set the World Boxing Council belt as his next target.