Manyuchi revokes Donga fight
There is friction in the boxing fraternity after middleweight star Charles Manyuchi opted out of the eagerly-awaited bout against local challenger Modercai Donga.
The old rivals was scheduled at the Harare Show Grounds on December 21. However, 10 days before the fight and with literally everything in place. The former World Boxing Council silver welterweight champion has pulled the plug on the fight.
That has drawn the wrath of both neutrals and Donga’s camp. Modercai Donga challenged Manyuchi after his retirement for the past decade. Donga has been training under his handlers in Swaziland where he now works as a lawyer. He underwent medicals yesterday and weighed just under 80kg.
But, Manyuchi’s camp dropped the bombshell with his coach, Ali Phiri, saying his boxer would gain nothing from fighting Donga.
“Donga has not been in the game for almost 10 years and he can’t make the middle-weight cut-off. “So, we can’t act unprofessionally.
The fight was promoted by Clyde Musonda under his Delta Force Boxing Academy. Musonda yesterday reacted angrily to Manyuchi’s decision.
“This is very bad and an unprofessional way of promoting boxing as a sport in the country,” said Musonda. “If we continue on that path, then we are shooting ourselves in the foot.
“As the promoter of the much-anticipated fight, we had put our time and effort talking to sponsors who had since committed to pouring their resources towards the fight.
Our colleagues from outside the country had already planned to spend the festive holidays in Zimbabwe since they had prepared to come for the fight.
“What is very worrying is the fact that they (Manyuchi’s camp) are now bringing outrageous claims which they never put forward from Day One.”
Written by tatenda