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Zimbabwe Boxer Finally Meets His Match

The day that top Zimbabwe boxer Charles Manyuchi has been waiting for has finally arrived.

Manyuchi enters the ring at the Government Complex in Lusaka, Zambia, on Saturday for the World Boxing Council International welterweight title against Ghana’s Patrick Kalote.

The fight was supposed to have been held on 25 January but could not be staged due to the withdrawal of Nakia Hokim of France whose fight was scheduled for the same day.

According to the secretary of the Zimbabwe Boxing Board of Control, Gilbert Munetsi, Hokmi was supposed to fight Catherine Phiri of Zambia.

Munetsi says the delay of the fight has given Zimbabwean boxers enough time to prepare for the international bouts. A number of Zimbabwean boxers are also lined up to fight on the same bill.

The WBC International title for which Manyuchi and Kalote are fighting for, is the third in the perking order in titles under the welterweight division within the World Boxing Council.

Manyuchi, who now fights in Zambia under the Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions, was in Harare with his manager Christopher Malunga to promote the fight.

According to Malunga, the WBC International title fell vacant after the then champion Shane Mosley relinquished the belt in favour of fighting in a different weight division.

Malunga has so much faith in Manyuchi's ability.

Manyuchi won the Africa Boxing Union title in June after defeating Patrice Toke in his home country of Burkina Faso.

He defended the title against Isaac Sowe of Ghana in Lusaka, Zambia last September. Four months later, he is in line for the world title.