27 January 2017
WORLD Boxing Council silver welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi is not reading much into his opponent’s unassuming record as he intensifies his training regime ahead of a first ever title defence in Singapore on March 25.
The 26-year-old Manyuchi leaves for his base in Zambia today to begin camp for the fight against Qudratillo Abduqaxorov of Uzbekistan and yesterday he met his fans in the Harare Gardens.
This is the first time that Manyuchi will be defending the WBC silver welterweight title which he won in May last year at the expense of Russian champion Dmitry Mikhaylenko.
But the Zimbabwean was boisterous as he mingled with his fans, despite this being his first fight on Asian soil.
“That boy (Abduqaxorov) will suffer in the ring. Ndiri kuno mubimhidza (I will beat him severely.
“Yes, this is the first time fighting in Asia but if there is a ring in Asia then I will be the champion.
“Nothing scares me,” boasted Manyuchi.
The 23-year-old Abduqaxorov has a record of 9-0-0 and is the current WBC Asian Boxing Council silver welterweight title holder.
But Manyuchi is not reading much into the Asian’s humble record.
“I do not look at his record because it will not count when the fight begins. I just have to prepare myself adequately in Zambia but I am sure I will beat him.
“Boxing fans in Zimbabwe have been fantastic to me and today (yesterday) I am with them saying goodbye before I go and begin serious camp.
“The WBC silver welterweight title will remain in Zimbabwe, that I promise,” declared Manyuchi.
His last fight was a nontitle bout against Jose Agustin Feria of Colombia whom he beat in just 2 minutes 42 seconds in a homecoming show at the Harare International Conference Centre last October.
Manyuchi is the fifth best boxer on the WBC ratings behind gold champion Danny Garcia, Amir Khan of Britain, Timothy Bradley (US) and Errol Spence also of the United States.