HARARE – Leading Zimbabwe boxing promoter Clyde Musonda believes the four world titles bouts being hosted by Delta Boxing Promotions in August signal a new era for the once popular sport.
The World Boxing Union (WBU) has sanctioned three world title fights whilst the World Boxing Federation (WBF) has sanctioned one bout that will take place in the Zimbabwean capital on August 31 at a yet to be confirmed venue.
“Zimbabwe has the potential to be a powerhouse in Africa but we often lack resources. Sometimes we even fail to travel to fights outside the country,” said Musonda, who is the promoter of the event and founder of Delta Boxing Promotions.
“So by us hosting these world titles fights we are giving our fighters a big chance. Boxing needs to get back to its glory days. This is an opportunity for us to get local boxing back on into the limelight,” Musonda added.
The sanctioned belts comprise of the vacant WBU female welterweight world title that will be contested between Zimbabwe’s Monalisa Sibanda and Zambian Gift Amanua Ankrah as well as the vacant WBU junior lightweight world title that will be fought between Zimbabwe’s Felix Venganayi and Tom Chisanga from Zambia.
The third WBU title being contested is the vacant WBU light Hhavyweight world title being fought between Zimbabwe’s Wesley Mcdade and Zambian Sam Chisanga.
The sole WBF title that will be on the line is the Women’s Intercontinental Bantamweight title which will see co-challengers Fortunate Chidzivo of Zimbabwe and South Africa’s Bukiwe Nonina trade leather.
WBF president Howard Goldberg will be part of the match commissioners’ panel, a panel that will also be composed of WBU president Torsten Knille and Zimbabwe Boxing Board chairman Paul Nenjarama.
South Africa’s Edward Marshall will be referee whilst Astridah Mwale, wife of Lottie Mwale (late) former Commonwealth light heavyweight champion, John Shipanuka and Patrick Mukondiwa complete the judges’ panel.
The other supporting bouts that will feature on the day include eight round heavyweight non-title matches pitting Zimbabwe’s Elvis Moyo against Zambian Francis Galagat, Zimbabwean Last Magare taking on Kenya’s Shadreck Machanje and Lionel Green clashing with Gaasite Gomotang.