Zimbabwe boxers in Senegal for Olympic qualifiers

By ZBC Reporter
Flyweight boxer Ndabezinhle Phiri (Sikhulile) who moved up from the super-flyweight division is excited at the prospect of competing against the best on the continent.
‘I am happy to be here and will give it my best shot. I want to do my best and win while representing my country,’ the pint-sized Phiri.
‘Am confident of qualifying even though I do not much about my opponent, but am determined not to let myself, my academy (Charles Manyuchi) and the country down. This is a lifetime opportunity form to qualify for the sporting showpiece and I am going to give it my all,’ said Denes, a Politics and Public Administration graduate of Great Zimbabwe University in Masvingo.
Nicknamed after the great Yuri Boika, a professional Russian prison fighter who appears as a hostile prisoner in the film ‘Undisputed’ Denes is popularly known as ‘Boika’. He is currently signed with the Charles Manyuchi Boxing Academy and under the mentorship of coach Ali Otto Phiri, Denes has registered eight straight wins as a professional boxer and also clinched the World Boxing Federation lightweight title.

‘Boika’ says he did not get any support from his family earlier on in his career as they kept on telling him to pursue academics and saw no future in sports.
“Charles Manyuchi has assisted me greatly and made me a national amateur boxing icon after several wins in the Southern region and National youth games,” said Denes.
Denes has an impressive amateur record of 52 wins out of 54 matches losing only two and also has 17 gold medals from national and regional youth games.
Denes grew up in the ghost mining town of Mashava where he did his primary education at King Mine and later moved to Kwekwe for his secondary education at Rutendo High School.
He later transferred to Temeraire High School in Mashava his home town before moving to Chibi High School where he finished his A level studies.
Denes recently graduated at GZU with a Bachelor of Science Honours Degree in Politics and Public Administration and was awarded the best graduating athlete at the institution.