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Zimbabwe Boxing Champion to Retire in Style

  • Michael Kariati

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Zimbabwe boxing fans have been given an opportunity to see former Commonwealth Champion Arifonso Zvenyika in action for the last time.

The two time Commonwealth Champion officially retires from the sport when he trades leather with former commonwealth title contender Spencer Matsangura in his testimonial bout set for May 25.

Arifonso, who in 1998 defied all odds when he travelled to Ireland and beat Paul Weir of the United Kingdom for his first Commonwealth title, said his time has come and wants to quit active boxing and go into full time boxing promotion and management.

Arifonso said he has already secured sponsorship for his testimonial bout, adding he would also take time to stage national title fights involving some of the boxers under the Mosquito Boxing Promotions stable which he owns.

The Mosquito Boxing Promotion stable, which is based at Stoddart Hall in Mbare, has a number of boxers under its belt including female pugilists.

Proceeds from the testimonial bout will also go towards the Mosquito Boxing Promotions whose boxers train in a makeshift gymnasium where there is no proper equipment apart from two pairs of old gloves which are also torn in some parts.

Zvenyika is not happy with state of the gym.