Oriental short by K132, 000 for Catherine fight

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ORIENTAL Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQBP) have the challenge of meeting the K132, 000 shortfall to successfully stage next Saturday’s African Boxing Union (ABU) bantamweight title fight between Catherine Phiri and Ugandan Toma Hawa Babirye in a 10-round bout.

OQBP who are also the promoters of African Boxing Union (ABU) welterweight champion, Charles Manyuchi versus Ghanaian Isaac Sowah international bouts set for the Mulungushi International Conference Centre (MICC) on September 28.

Operations manager, Christopher Malunga said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday his stable has so far managed to raise K305, 000 of the required K437, 000 to successfully stage the fight.

He said OQBP was still discussing with potential sponsors and was hopeful that the K132, 000 deficit will be met before the fight next weekend.
“Two potential sponsors have so far come on board and I will be going into a meeting with one of them today (yesterday), but as you know you can only say they have helped after they have signed an agreement with you; hence for now I can’t say anything has been added to our coffers yet,” he said.
He said the biggest challenge in the preparations was taken up by Zamtel who pumped in K100, 000 in the preparations adding, the mobile service provider took care of what could have been the biggest challenge for his stables.

He said for that reason OQBP would forever remain indebted to the Zamtel for their ‘Zamtelligent’ support rendered to the development of boxing.
Malunga said the only unfortunate part were the exorbitant charges for hiring venues for both the event and accommodation for the visiting boxers and their crews.

And Malunga has said both World Professional Boxing Federation (WPBF) champion, Catherine Phiri and Charles Manyuchi who fights Sowah in the ABU 12-rounds welterweight title fight, are ready for their respective bouts as they are well aware of what is expected of them.
He said should Catherine win the fight against Babirye, she will have a go at the World Boxing Championship (WBC) title.
Malunga said Manyuchi also knew that his fight was a must-win saying; he was not ready to relinquish his hard-earned title yet, therefore he would go an extra mile to ensure he successfully defends it.

The promoter said so far he could rank the two boxers including all the others that would be fighting on the night of the 28th ofSeptember as excellent.

He thanked the coaches who where working with the boxers for what he described as the excellent and tremendous work they had put in to prepare the duo.

He commended Catherine’s coach, Mike Zulu, in particular for doing a wonderful job with her; declaring at this stage, she was ready to fight even before the actual day.

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