Shelly Guni, Sports Reporter
BOXING champion Charles Manyuchi has declared his readiness ahead of his World Africa Boxing Association (WABA) lightweight championship bout against Ugandan Muhamad Sebyala.
The match set for April 3 at the City sports center will headline a total of eight supporting bouts with three title fights.
Manyuchi is targeting to reclaim the World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver welterweight belt, which he lost two years ago.
The fight against the Ugandan would be Manyuchi’s first this year. He will be returning to action for the first time since he beat Argentine fighter Diego Diaz Gallardo via a third-round technical knockout at the Harare International Conference Centre in September last year to land the World Boxing Federation (WBF) world middleweight title.
“I am ready for the fight. I have been in camp since January. Every fight is a new game, I’m ready for the next challenge,” Manyuchi said during a press conference held in the capital yesterday.
Manyuchi’s opponent comes into the match with 19 wins, 13 defeats and one draw.
All the defeats are outside Kampala.
“I don’t want to underrate my opponent but what I know is he will not win in Zimbabwe.
“I want to be remembered as the boxer who held the most titles in his fighting days. By the end of this year, I aim to have taken the total number of my belts to 13.”
The April 3 event is scheduled for the City Sports Centre in Harare. Evans Husavihwevhu will also be fighting for the WABA-Africa crown against Tanzanian Max Moshi in the lightweight division.
Other boxers making up the bill are from Zambia. They include Manyuchi’s female stablemate, Lorita Muzeya (15-0-0), a former holder of the WBC female welterweight title.
Manyuchi however went on to rubbish claims that he has been choosing weak opponents.
“The task of choosing opponents belongs to match-makers. I don’t care where the boxers I fight come from, what I know is that as long as I am inside the ring, I must beat them and beat them thoroughly. I have plans to redeem myself and return to where I belong,” he said
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Lolita Muzeya vs Lukia Ali (Malawi) (6 rounds)
Philip Muzeya vs Bazila Ngoza (Zambia) (6 rounds)
Tatenda Biningu vs Bongani Makowora (8 rounds)
Hassan Milanzi vs Obert Makaika (Malawi) WBF Africa Title
Evans Usavihwevhu vs Max Moshi (Tnzania) WABA Africa title
Tinashe Majoni vs Aubrey Masamba WBF Africa title
Charles Manyuchi vs Muhamad Sebyala (Uganda)