Harare – A month ahead of his defence of his World Boxing Federation title, Zimbabwean welterweight Charles Manyuchi is going all out with this preps.
Manyuchi faces Ugandan Mahomed Sebyala in Harare on July 3.
But he has to shed off about 18 kilos before that date.
The 31-year-old was supposed to defend the crown on April 4 last year but the WBF postponed the bout owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Manyuchi claimed the crown in September 2019 but has never had an opportunity to put up a title defence because of the disruptions caused by the pandemic.
The lack of action has seen his weight ballooning, and now he has to put in extra gym hours ahead of the Sebyala encounter.
“I am going through hell. I have to shed a lot of kilos in the next few weeks. I have had to forego some meals and put in extra work in the gym.
“The fight against Sebyla is on July 4 and that means I have to work very hard to be within weight and on the technical side too. I am being helped out by two coaches, a Zimbabwean Ali Phiri, and a Zambian, Greetings Kaonga. I am confident that I will be in-weight and I will also crush my opponent.”