Manyuchi in trouble

By Lawrence Trusida

Zimbabwean Boxing Champion, Charles Manyuchi could be stripped of his two belts if he fails to defend his titles on the 4th of July.

Manyuchi was set to fight Muhammad Sebyala on the 3rd of July in Masvingo, but following government’s pronouncement of the suspension of all sporting activities, the fight now hangs in a balance.

Manyuchi was billed to defend the World Boxing Federation (WBF) world middle weight title and unify it with two new belts namely, the World Alliance Boxing Association (WABA) and World Professional Boxing Federation belts.

The Zimbabwe National Boxing and Wrestling Control Board has already engaged government.

“We have engaged the responsible authorities to try and make sure that Manyuchi is able to defend his title he is our champion and he should be given a chance to defend his title.

“Furthermore, the match was set to be broadcast to international audience there by marketing Zimbabwe as a safe tourist destination,” said the secretary general of the Zimbabwe National Boxing & Wrestling Control Board, Lawrence Zimbudzana.

“WABA and WBF have already written to the champion notifying him that should he fail to defend his title he will be stripped of his titles,” he added.

Meanwhile, up and coming boxer, Evans Husavihwevhu was also set to fight for the WABA inter-continental lightweight title at the same event.