manyuchiLion Heart Boxing Productions chief financial officer and New York resident, Edward Mendy arrived in the country yesterday to pursue his interests to invest in local professional boxing.

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A lawyer by profession, Mendy was met at the airport by WBC international welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi among other boxing followers.

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Mendy said he is hoping to re-ignite Zimbabwe boxing through promoting a boxing series which will initially run on a quarterly basis.

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“We are hoping to start a boxing series. Hopefully we will do it quarterly and eventually monthly. We are just still at the exploratory stage but we are very excited to be here. I have been working with Gilbert (Munetsi) for over ten years now so I guess Zimbabwe isn’t new to us.

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“We have helped promote a couple of events and sponsored a couple of events. We are hoping to re-ignite boxing in Zimbabwe. He has been a great advocate for Zimbabwe boxing and he basically has convinced us to be here,” Mendy said in reference to Munetsi, the former Zimbabwe National Boxing Control Board secretary general.

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Lion Heart Boxing Productions, based in New Orleans, Louisiana, through its operations and affiliates, is a global and integrated boxing promotions and sport entertainment company. It was started in 2001 by the New Orleans Tax Attorney and boxing enthusiast- Mendy.

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The company has quickly developed a reputation as a producer of high quality fights and is well respected for its fair treatment of fighters and commitment to fighters’ rights.

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The investment will bring to life a sport which has been on the doldrums due to lack of sponsorship with Manyuchi being the only current torch bearer of the sport internationally.

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