ZIMBABWE bantamweight boxer Tapiwa Tembo is confident of making history through winning the country’s first ever world title by upstaging Zambia’s Gibon Kamota on October 26 at the City Sports Centre.
After years in the doldrums the once popular and thriving discipline, which has produced some Zimbabwean sporting legends, looks set for rejuvenation as the country hosts the World Boxing Union bantamweight title fight.
The title fell vacant when the holder from Germany was stripped of the title after failing to defend his crown within the mandatory 90 days.
The judges for the title bout include Rogers Senyango from Uganda, Astrida Mwale from Zambia and John Gova from Zimbabwe.
Arno Pokrandt from Germany will be match referee.
South African based Tembo, already in the country to prepare for the bout, is oozing confidence having lost only one of his seven fights since turning professional.
“I am dreaming about becoming the first world title holder from Zimbabwe,” said Tembo. “I promise that I will raise the country’s flag high. I have been putting a lot of work into training, I am not new to the international scene — my last fight was in June which I won and I am not worried about what my opponent has been doing. I am just focusing on working extra hard between now and the fight and I know the belt will stay here in Zimbabwe.”
Tembo, speaking at a press conference yesterday, said he was looking forward to helping the promotion of boxing in Zimbabwe by winning the world title bout.
Delta Force Sports Trust are promoting the bout and yesterday said that they were working on raising US$90 000 for the bout.
The undercard for the fight includes Zimbabwe’s patience Mastara and Maggi Nilindirani of Zambia.
Zimbabwe Tourism Authority chief executive officer Karikoga Kaseke, who is the patron of Delta Force Sports Trust, promised to do everything to ` ensure the fight is successful.
“We are going to introduce the boxer to the minister of Sports (Andrew Langa) and then we can take it from there in terms of promoting and selling this bout to the corporate world,” said Kaseke.