The much-talked about World Boxing Union bantamweight title fight scheduled for the City Sports Centre in Harare has been cancelled. Thousands of Zimbabweans had promised to watch the big match.
The secretary general of the Zimbabwe Boxing Board of Control Gilbert Munetsi today told Studio Seven that they have cancelled the bout after the promoters, Deltaforce Boxing Trust, failed to meet the requirements of staging the fight.
Zimbabwe’s Tapiwa Tembo based in South Africa and Zambia’s Gilbert Kamota were supposed to grapple for the WBU bantamweight belt but this will no longer be the case as Munetsi explains.
Munesti says they understood Deltaforce’s problems when the tournament was postponed from July to October but now is the time to act after the fight was also moved from October to November but still the promoters have not satisfied the requirements.
But Munetsi says they have given Deltaforce the go ahead to stage as planned fights involving local boxers tomorrow at the City Sports Centre without the WBU bout.
Deltaforce promoters were not available for comment.
The WBU fight was supposed to have been the first world title bout to be staged in Zimbabwe since the country was admitted to international sport in 1980.
Zimbabwe has failed to stage local and international bouts in the past 10 years due to economic hardships.
At the moment, Zimbabwe has one internationally-recognised title holder, Charles Manyuchi, who is the Africa Boxing Union welterweight champion.