THE Zimbabwe Boxing Board of Control (ZBBC) has raised concern over the move by African Boxing Union (ABU) welterweight champion, Charles Manyuchi’s handlers in Zambia, Oriental Quarries, to rush their boxer into the higher echelon of the sport.
Nenjerama is quoted in the Zimbabwean media as having hailed welterweight champion, Manyuchi for successfully defending his ABU welterweight title on Saturday saying, however, that the boxer needed exposure at a higher level before he can make a crack at the WBC.
On Saturday, Manyuchi defeated Isaac Sowah from Ghana to retain his title in the eighth round.
Nenjerama, who was happy with Manyuchi’s latest achievement, expressed hope that the boxer would continue with his good performance in international competitions.
“As a board, we are delighted with his achievements. It obviously augurs well for the future of boxing. Obviously, we are being let down by not having proper structures (in Zimbabwe) but as a new board, some of our structures are beginning to bear fruit,” he said.
OQBP, who have a three- year contract with Manyuchi, said after Saturday’s fight that the boxer would now be looking forward to fighting for the WBC.
And Manyuchi after the fight with Sowah expressed his desire to have a go at the WBC title.
“I am very ready for the WBU title; I am very hungry for it. Sowah will send a message on my behalf since the holder of the WBC is also from Ghana. I told Sowah that he is my messenger; he should go and tell his country-mate that I am ready for him,” said Manyuchi.