MANYUCHI BOUNCES BACK | Charles Manyuchi is returning to the ring this weekend in Zambia. He faces Zambian Kasongo Sherrif in a non-title bout at the Zimart Mall in Ndola.
The match, scheduled for July 2, is one of seven supporting bouts lined up for the African Boxing Union main drawcard in which Manyuchi’s stable-mate, Alfred “John Cena’’ Muwowo will be taking on Tanzania’s Haji Juma in the flyweight division.
According to Manyuchi’s manager, who are also co-promoters of the bill, Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions, they have decided to take the tournament to Northern Zambia as a way to spread the game.
The other partners are Exodus Boxing Academy run by former Zambian light-heavyweight champion Anthony “The Preacher Man’’ Mwamba and Mitanda Boxing Promotions.
Manyuchi (W20-L3-D1), who in March this year succumbed to a surprise first-round knock-out to Qudratillo “The Silent Assassin’’ Abduqaxorov in Singapore, will be out to scrub some of the dust that has accumulated since his last fight.
That defeat saw him tumble to a distant 17th on the WBC welterweight rankings. The top Zimbabwean boxer will also be banking on a favourable verdict on July 10 when Abduqaxorov takes on Russian Dmitry Mikhaylenko in the WBC silver title decider in Ekatenrinburg.
According to reports, there is a clause in the contract that was signed between Manyuchi and Qudratillo that gives the Zimbabwean another shot at the title if he fails in the first match.