Masvingo – World Boxing Federation lightweight champion Charles Manyuchi of Zimbabwe says he will retire if he fails to defend his title against Uganda’s Mahommed Sebyala on July 3.
The “Duel of the Doom” takes place in Masvingo, which is Manyuchi’s home city.
It is a showdown that has been eagerly anticipated given the verbal punches the boxers have been throwing at each other since the original date of the fight was postponed more than a year ago due to COVID-19.
Two newly-introduced belts, the World Alliance Boxing Association and World Professional Boxing Federation, have also been added to the WBF line-up, and the winner of the Manyuchi-Sebyala fight takes all three home.
The 31-year-old Manyuchi said: “Let me put it simply, I will retire if I lose this fight. I know Sebyala is here and has declared a war on me. Well, I am Charles Manyuchi and I will not let my belt go away.
“If by any chance my challenger beats me, that means my style is not good enough, I will quit the game. I have prepared all-round and shaken off the rust which I have accumulated for over 16 months and I am ready to crush him.
“I want to make sure that I floor my opponent within distance. I respect him but I am saying this loud and clear, I don’t want to retire now but if he wins, I will.”
The former World Boxing Council silver welterweight champion added: “I am fighting in my home town and I want to make my people smile. This town is where I developed into the fighter I am today and surely, I cannot afford to let my people down.”
For the past three months, Manyuchi has been working with Zambian coach Greeting Kaonga, who is confident that the Zimbabwean will be victorious.Nine other fights are on the bill of the card that is held with strict COVID-19 measures in place.