ORIENTAL Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQBP) has received a boost of K15, 000 towards this Saturday’s international bout involving Zambia’s Catherine Phiri versus Ugandan, Toma Hawa Babirye, leaving a shortfall of K117, 000.
Catherine and Babirye will fight for the African Boxing Union (ABU) bantamweight title in a 10-round bout, while ABU welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi will trade punches with Ghanaian Isaac Sowah in a 12-rounder at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre (MICC) in Lusaka on September 28.
Speaking during the presentation at Government Complex in Lusaka yesterday, OQBP operations manager, Christopher Malunga said despite the shortfall, he was still hopeful that the targeted K437, 000 would be met before the weekend.
He said a number of companies that had pledged to contribute towards the event had still not come forward, but he was confident that they would honour their commitment before the day of the fight on Saturday.
He thanked ZSIC and G4S Secure Solutions for their contributions, saying their donations had helped to lighten the burden on his stable.
And ZSIC life sales and marketing manager Kuda Ngoma said Catherine and Manyuchi were two exceptional boxers who needed to be supported so that they could move to greater heights.
G4S Secure Solutions director for corporate affairs, Sacha Makulu said his firm decided to contribute to the event following reports from the media that the boxing stable was in need of assistance.
Speaking at the same event, Sports Deputy Minister, Steven Masumba said his Government would continue collaborating with the corporate sector in its quest to develop sports in the country.
Masumba, who called on the corporate community not to relent in their quest to support the development of sports activities, said the Government was contributing a lot towards the quest but still needed a lot of support from the corporate community if it were to succeed.
The deputy minister said the Government’s intervention in boxing was a clear testimony that the State was not only interested in football, but other sports disciplines as well.
In a related development, Masumba said he has engaged the commissioner of Police to seek enough security at this Saturday’s international boxing bonanza.
Masumba said issues of security could not be taken for granted hence the need to make sure that all loose ends were tied up.
He said he had so far received good response from the Police and was sure that all would go well on the day of the fight.
Other fights on the bill will involve Donald Kampamba from Exodus Boxing Promotions (EBP) against Wesley MacDade from Zimbabwe in a light heavyweight contest, Pythias Kambembe (OQBP) will exchange punches with Mwansa Kabinga from Mwenya Musenge Boxing Promotions (MMBP) in a light middleweight fight, Maxwell Sosoka from OQBP will square off with Bazlar Ngosa from MMBP in a lightweight bout.