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The Minister of State for Provincial Affairs and Devolution for Masvingo, Honourable Ezra Chadzamira has applauded the Charles Manyuchi Boxing Academy for taking a lead in promoting government’s devolution policy.
Manyuchi will take on Ugandan Muhamed Sebyala in a winner takes all WBF middleweight world title on July 3 at Flamboyant Hotel in Masvingo.
Dubbed the “Duel of the Doom” the fight, was launched in Masvingo yesterday.
In a speech read on his behalf by the Director in the same office Kudakwashe Machako said their office will be available to facilitate the successful hosting of the event
“We welcome the Academy’s decision to decentralise sport to provinces which is in tandem with the second republic’s thrust of empowering communities through the policy of devolution.
“Provinces have been mandated to grow their local GDPs by harnessing their comparative advantage in human capital and natural resources endowments,” he said.
He added that:
“Knowledge, skills and talents are a phenomenon of the people of Masvingo and in particular the Province od home to abundant boxing talent as it has produced notable publicist like Wellington Phiri, Jefias Somerai, Brendon Boika and Charles Manyuchi.
“This event opens opportunities for tourism development and provides prospects for trade and investment as the tournament will attract regional and international participants,” he said.
Also present at the function was Sharon Dube representing the Zimbabwe National Boxing and Wrestling Control Board representative.
She revealed that the ZNBWCB will open a provincial boxing office in July, in line with government’s devolution agenda.
Manyuchi’s trainer Greetings Kaonga ruled out a loss for the Zimbabwean champion.
“We are 80 percent done with preparations. Failure is not an option,” said Kaonga.
“There is no way we will lose this fight.”
This will be the first time Manyuchi will be staging a title fight in Masvingo since 2009 when he turned professional.
It was in Masvingo where the 32-year-old Manyuchi kicked off his career under the promotion of Edison Zvobgo Jr.
The Masvingo businessman hailed the Zimbabweaan champion for his decision to retrace roots.
“This is a momentous occassion and I am very happy this is the first time you find four or five belts being fought for in Masvingo.
“It’s important to support our sporting son.
“This is also devolution taking place, taking the big fights away from Harare,” said Zvobgo Jr.
Bill promoter Takudzwa Chibaya promised fireworks on the night which will also see some boxers from Charles Manyuchi Academy gunning for international titles.
“The boxers are fired up and we are geared for the fight night, ” said Chibaya.
Assurance was given by the host that Covid-19 protocols will be observed.
“We have done everything to ensure that Covid-19 protocols will be observed.
“The venue, Flamboyant Hotel, is ready to host one of the biggest fights in Africa,” said Pious Tshuma, the general manager.
Regency Hotels, Mr. T35, Nanolean, Magistics Enterprises and Phil-Jen Lodges are some of tournament sponsors.
Nanolean Clothing Director Caroline Mapako said they are looking forward to a successful partnership with the Manyuchi Academy as they aim to promote young talent.
“This is an on-going relationship; we are not partnering Manyuchi because of his achievements by the zeal he has for promoting young talents. We want to make sure that young boxers also reach where he is now,” she said.