07 Oct, 2021 - 14:10 0 Views


Trust Khosa, Assistant News Editor

Jah Prayzah and business mogul Dr Philip Chiyangwa have been saluted for endorsing an amateur boxing tournament slated for the UK on October 23.

Sanctioned by the Zimbabwe Boxing Federation, the tournament, which is set to showcase 20 bouts, is a brainchild of Team Shumba in association with Legends Academy and Shumba Boxing Academy.

Jah Prayzah

Event coordinator Mac Pemhiwa applauded Jah Prayzah and Dr Chiyangwa for hyping the event and mentorship.


Jah Prayzah will not attend the event while former boxing promoter Chiyangwa will grace the occasion as a special guest.

Phillip Chiyangwa

Speaking to H-Metro Entertainment & Lifestyle from his UK base, Pemhiwa said it was all systems go.


“Due to Covid-19, we had to postpone our initial tournament which was supposed to be earlier this year.


“This gave us more time to plan a water tight schedule for 23 October 2021 which will be our first amateur tournament. Having it being broadcasted via NashTV, you can be sure the preparations for an exceptional show are underway,” he said.


Pemhiwa was quick to laud the influence of Jah Prayzah who has been hyping the event online.


“My sister Fortunate de Souza is part of Jah Prayzah’s team liked us with Jah Prayzah.


“I then reached out to ask what he thought of the idea – with the positive feedback also hearing that he is excited for the event and what we are doing for the youths of Zimbabwe – who knows what will happen in the future,” he said.


He also hailed Dr Chiyngwa for his zeal to assist them in this tournament.


“Dr. Chiyangwa is an icon within the boxing history of Zimbabwe – one of the greatest promoters we have ever seen.


“He also believes there are Zimbabwean youths out there waiting and bursting for their time to show the world what they are made of in the ring.


“We are privileged to have his endorsement for Zimbabwe’s next monumental boxing event – The UKO Tournament.


“Honourable Philip Chiyangwa alongside Dr. Ian Henney have been my mentors throughout the process for this event and I am grateful to have such advisors on my team,” he said.


Outlining the main objective of this tournament,” Pemhiwa added:


“We are hunting for the raw talent that lies within the Zimbabwean youth of today.


“Shining the spotlight onto our fighters as we watch them flourish and help to nourish these future world champions.”


With the tournament set to attract more UK Zimbabwe born athletes, Pemhiwa opened up on the age restrictions and prizes.


“We will be working within the Zimbabwe Boxing Federation guidelines. Tournaments will consist of different weight and age categories from nine-21 years old.


“Prizes comprise the opportunity to join the ever growing stable at Team Shumba Boxing Academy with the chance to take their talent professionally and internationally.


“There will be an U.K.O. belt – the first of its kind to be awarded to the winner and also medals for all participants.”


Pemhiwa who is courting for sponsors and partners said they were intend to hold the event regularly.


“Ideally, we are looking to hold a tournament per quarter alongside sponsoring and supporting athletes participating in the Zimbabwe National Boxing Elite Team as our relationship grows between us and the ZBF.


“The UKO Tournament will be launched on October 23 so this time next year we should have our first successor.


The current stable at the Shumba Academy is extremely strong, with ones-to-watch and three  fighters recently being placed for the National Boxing Elite Team in Zimbabwe,” he said.


Pemhiwa is the CEO  and director of TeamShumba UK, a boxing coach and anti-knife crime activist based in the UK’s Essex  Southend on sea.


“From a young age I’ve always had a passion for boxing and as I got older an interest with working with the youth too. Even more so now that the rise of knife crime in England is increasing.


“As a boxer I have had 30 fights undefeated in my unlicensed career and to fights as a professional trained by Simon Dempsey at Southend Combat Academy.


“I wish to use my platform to empower youths all around the world through boxing and help rebuild communities in Harare and surrounding areas as well as here in the UK as a start,” he said.

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