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Boxing Board Delays Promotion of Battered Zimbabwe Boxers

  • Michael Kariati

The Zimbabwe National Boxing Board of Control (ZNBBC) has introduced strict requirements to be adhered to before a boxer can be allowed to fight internationally.

ZNBBC secretary general Gilbert Munetsi told Studio 7 there will no longer be any shortcuts for Zimbabwean boxers to fight on the international stage as they first have to satisfy certain requirements.

This follows the humiliation Zimbabwean boxers have been suffering on the international stage after being rushed into fights by promoters before they are ready for such bouts.

As a result, says Munetsi, they are not going to randomly issue clearance letters for international fights before the board is satisfied that the boxer is really up to scratch.

Munetsi says the new requirements will apply to all local boxers and promoters, adding rules will be applied without fear or favour.

The boxing board supremo says they will only clear a boxer after he has first proved on the local scene that he is a cut above the rest before he can go international.

Zimbabwean boxers have been receiving heavy battering in neighbouring countries with some of them failing to last even four rounds.

Munetsi says their aim is to see Zimbabwe back to the good old days when the country was the best boxing nation in Africa instead of today where local boxers have become the punching bag for other countries.