Harare - World Boxing Federation middleweight champion Charles Manyuchi is doing everything by the textbook as he bids to retain his title.
Manyuchi boxes acclaimed Ghanaian pugilist Muhamad Sebyala on April 4 at the City Sports Centre.
The 31-year old has been holding periodic training camps as he intensifies preparations ahead of this crunch showdown.
And the Zimbabwean who has never lost a title fight on home soil since turning pro back in 2009 has adopted football as part of his training curricular.
"Football in itself is a unique sport. It exercises the whole body. It helps in retaining focus, improve agility, speed of execution as well as proper timing," said Manyuchi.
"We have decided to include the game as part of my integral training procedure to attain several sporting motor qualities.
"It is not only myself but all other boxers from the Charles Manyuchi Boxing Academy will be doing that as we aim to do well on April 4."
It will be Manyuchi’s first fight in six months after his heroics in September 2019 which saw him finish off Argentine fighter Diego Gallardo well within distance with a third-round Technical Knock Out landing him the WBF crown.
The former World Boxing Council silver welter weight champion admitted that he is rusty and needs to take every step possible to ensure he is well conditioned for the bout.
Manyuchi is considering challenging for other top-ranking belts like the WBC and IBO but knows he can't take that step if he fails to shake off Sebyala’s challenge on April 4.
"We are putting everything in training. We are leaving no bush un-scanned, no stone unturned and nothing unshaven.
"At the moment, we are training thrice a day in the gym, in the ring and in the football pitch. We are promising fireworks on the day. The fact that we haven’t lost any title fight on home soil should spur us to try and keep that record intact.”
Manyuchi, who has been training under the instruction of his trusted coach Ali “Otto” Phiri is also considering to take his preparations to Zambia where his academy is in a twinning arrangement with Exodus Boxing Promotions.
The Chivhu-based pugilist last year signed a twinning deal with the Lusaka-based Antony Mwamba owned stable.