ALL is set for the inaugural Charles Manyuchi amateur boxing tournament at Chivhu Hall this evening. The World Boxing Council International welterweight champion is behind the tournament aimed at identifying, nurturing and promoting upcoming boxers countrywide. Topping the bill is the welterweight fight between 2015 National Youths Games gold medalist Freeman Mabvongwe of Masvingo and Harare’s Tendai Avhoni.
Brilliant Tinago, son of former Commonwealth champion Langton “Schoolboy” Tinago, takes on 2014 Region V Games gold winner Trade Gomozano in the men’s flyweight category.
Both Mabvongwe and Gomozano belong to Manyuchi’s recently formed stable, The Bees Academy.
The main bout in the women’s category features the much touted Kudakwashe “Take Money” Chiwandire who battles Bees Academy’s Princess Chakanyuka in the flyweight category.
Manyuchi told The Herald all was in place for the boxing tournament that will also be graced by Malawian based boxing promoter Craig Rosseau of No Pain No Gain boxing stable.
“Everything is in place, the boxers are raring to go and we promise the crowd a night to remember. This is a way of giving back to the community, because I was raised by this community.
“I am a product of the National Youths Games and I know how needy these amateur boxers are. I am thankful to my local sponsors Mr T35 who are assisting us with transport and regalia,” said Manyuchi.
Martin Beula of Mr T35 confirmed his company’s support.
“We are helping him (Manyuchi) to make the tournament a success since he is our brand ambassador. We are just chipping in with transport and other logistical issues,” he said.