FORMER World Boxing Council Interim super bantamweight champion, Kudakwashe “Take Money” Chiwandire, is back in the gym preparing for a non-title fight that could set the tone for a return to boxing’s top table.
According to her management team, Chiwandire will take on fellow Zimbabwean Sasha Mambo in Lilongwe, Malawi in October.
Another fight is also being arranged for her in December.
The 27-year-old Chiwandire is desperate for a comeback after losing a golden chance to become the WBC gold champion in March.
She lost by a unanimous decision against world champion Yamileth Mercado in Mexico on March 18.
It was a meteoric rise for Chiwandire, who shot to international prominence when she captured the WBC Interim super bantamweight belt after defeating highly rated Zambian Catherine Phiri in February 2022.
Chiwandire successfully defended her title after posting a historic victory against Zulina Munoz of Mexico at the Harare International Conference Centre on October 15, 2022.
That win set her up against WBC super bantamweight champion Mercado.
Chiwandire has 10 professional fights and a modest 6-3-1 record but her skill and tenacity have won her a lot of admirers.
And there is strong belief within her camp that she will rise again.
Chiwandire is currently ranked the 10th best super bantamweight boxer by the World Boxing Council but lack of action would have seen her drop down the rankings.
“It’s very important that we get a fight for Kuda (Chiwandire) because by not fighting she will lose on the ratings,” Chiwandire’s manager, Clyde Musonda of Deltaforce Academy, told Zimpapers Sports.
“She is ranked number 10 by the WBC so we need to keep her active and relevant. I am happy that she is still regarded as one of the best pound for pound female boxers in Africa.”
Chiwandire started training last week.