HARARE – In a rare development, local boxing enthusiasts are in for a treat later this month when Delta Force Boxing Academy hosts a boxing tournament dubbed: King of the Kings Ghetto Explosion.
Apart from the success story of Charles Manyuchi, boxing has in the recent years taken a retrogressive step in the country largely due to shortage of sponsorship culminating in lack of tournaments being staged.
This has compelled Delta Force Boxing Academy boss Clyde Musonda to embark on a mission to revive the sport and he has since roped in Gypsite Electricals with the ultimate goal being the staging of monthly tournaments.
Musonda said they will start with the November 25 tournament which is scheduled for Mbare Netball Complex with eight bouts on the bill. The main bout will feature Tinashe “Chairman” Mwadziwana and Tinashe ‘‘The Punisher” Mutodza who will battle it out for the Zimbabwe Super Bantamweight title.
The main supporting bout will feature Collen Mavhundutse and Simon Madhanhire who will be battling it out for the heavyweight title in a six rounds fight. In launching the tournament Musonda said: “We want to revive the sport in the country.”
“We are very grateful to our sponsors Gypsite who have stood by us through and through. I will be flying out to South Africa to buy our own ring which will make it easy for us to stage tournaments every month.
“We are encouraging youngsters to take boxing as a full-time career and desist from drugs.
“We are reaching out to more sponsors to come on board so that we can see more fights in the country.
“We are putting up structures at grassroots on a professional manner so that we can catch them young and I am proud to say the future of boxing really looks fine.”
Gypsite official, Daisy Office said they were eager to see boxing emerge from the doldrums and take its rightful place among other mainstream sports in the country.
“We saw the passion and potential and we felt it’s prudent that we join them,” Office said.
“We want these guys to go far as well as revive the sport of boxing in the country. We are very proud to be partnering them and we hope our marriage will last for long. We are 110 percent behind these boxers and we wish them all the best.
Madziwana, who is the three-time Zimbabwean bantamweight champion said: “I am ready for the fight. I have been preparing for it for some time now and I am looking to a good fight. Obviously it’s not going to be easy because I am facing a relatively experienced boxer.
“I will be fighting in Mbare my home so I am eager to win in front of my fans.”