Manyuchi’s WBF fight on

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Tadious Manyepo 

 

Harare - Top Zimbabwean middleweight boxer, Charles Manyuchi, is back to full fitness and has since resumed training ahead of the WBF fight against Martin Damien of France in Harare this September.

The former WBC silver welterweight champion had been under the weather in the past three weeks, throwing the proposed bout in jeopardy.

He was in and out of hospital but is now back to his feet after being treated in a South African hospital last month.

Manyuchi is climbing his way back to the top and desperately needs to wrestle for this WBF title if he is to be given another bite at the WBC crown he lost over two years ago.

The 30-year old pugilist on Africa Day announced his grand come back with a TKO win over Argentine Ezequiel Pablo Acosta to land the unified UBC and GBU middleweight titles.

He immediately confirmed the WBF fight which he said would help him accumulate credentials to challenge for the long lost WBC title.

But, just as he moved his preparations into top gear, Manyuchi fell ill as he suffered from hypertension.

At one point, the Charles Manyuchi Boxing Academy, which is handling the fight, contemplated calling it off but the boxer objected.

He is now fully fit and is training under the watchful eyes of his trusted mentors, Ali and Issa Phiri.

He will take his preparation to several SADC countries, including Malawi, Zambia and South Africa before heading back to Zimbabwe to wrap up the practice sessions.

Manyuchi told The Southern Times this week that the region should expect fireworks from him in Harare.

"I am now fully fit. In life, one is bound to get ill sometime and it is something which I had to take in my stride.

"I am very happy that with God's grace, I managed to recover fully and I am now back training.

"This is a make or break fight which I have to win at all costs.

"I have been through a rough patch in life and in the ring but my victory over Pablo Acosta in my last fight should spur me to do well in the WBF fight.

"Zimbabwe should know that I will fight for them and the region has to know the same.

"I am on my way back to the top again. Life is full of ups and downs. I surrendered the WBC welterweight title but I have to reclaim it, sooner rather than later. But it's a process, the procedure which I am taking," said Manyuchi.

The pugilist is fully funded by local companies and doesn't have to worry in that regard as he previously used to do.

With the Charles Manyuchi Academy having twinned with Zambian stable, Exodus Boxing Promotions, technical experts from the latter are also expected to chip in and give Manyuchi a hand before he plunges into the WBF fight.

Exodus Promotions proprietor Antony Mwamba, himself a renowned boxer during his heyday, backed Manyuchi to do well in the fight.

"Manyuchi is a good fighter. We believe in him and we will back him as much as we can.

"We are appealing to the region to support Manyuchi in his fight," he said. 

 

 

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