Manyuchi passes come-back test, takes aim at WBF crown

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Tadious Manyepo

HARARE - Zimbabwean boxer Charles Manyuchi had to surmount this hurdle to at least retrieve some bit of his pride which had been shredded into pieces two years ago.

He had to come out tops, whatever the cost, as this was one examination he couldn’t afford to fail.

To his credit, the 29-year old put together his tactics well and pummelled his Argentine opponent Pablo Ezequiel Acosta into submission to claim both the vacant UBC and GBU titles in the early hours of Sunday morning.

He was so good that his foe had to surrender just as the fifth of the scheduled 12-round bout was about to take off.

Yet, just two years ago, Manyuchi cut a startled figure in Singapore as he succumbed to a humiliating first round KO against Uzbek boxer Qudratillo Abduqaxorov to surrender the coveted WBC silver welter weight crown.

That moment, made from hell in which Manyuchi’s pedestrian ring antics had him caught by Qudratillo's weighty jab, threatened to erase all what he had written in the past.

And he needed a stage, laid before an appreciative home crowd with a million others watching from home to reclaim his stake amongst the elite fighters.

He knows, however, that one has to literally move mountains to completely reassert themselves after sliding down in a sport which produces stars on a daily basis.

But at least the foundation has been resuscitated.

Manyuchi’s next task lies in Tunisia where he should wrestle the WBF middleweight title on August 3 before he can challenge for any of the top five pieces.

He hasn't made it a secret either that he will be taking a crack at one of the WBC, WBO, IBO, IBF or WBA crowns in the not so distant future.

But at the moment, his priority is to win the WBF title and he will not have any time to rest before engaging a yet to be named Tunisian fighter in August.

Manyuchi will have a dream preparation for this bout as he will tour South Africa and Zambia as part of his training before he can face off with the Tunisian in a duel he has since described as a must win.

"I am happy that l managed to win the bout against Acosta though he didn't quiet manage to give me the kind of competition which I expected.

"The win gave me the right kind of confidence which l desperately needed to launch a come-back having been in the wilderness for the past two years since losing that bout in Singapore.

"I am now preparing for the WBF title coming up in Tunisia this August before I can consider challenging for one of the big five titles," said Manyuchi.

Meanwhile acclaimed boxing guru from this region, Antony Mwamba of Zambia, whose Exodus Boxing Academy has built a strong reputation by producing world champions, has been appointed a UBC and GBU commissioner.

He received the certificate of appointment on Sunday morning just when Manyuchi was about to go into the ring.

Mwamba’s academy are in a twinning arrangement with the Charles Manyuchi Boxing Academy and five of his boxers fought in the undercard. 

 

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