Clash over Zim boxer Manyuchi

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HARARE – Zambia's Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQBP) has ordered the Zimbabwean Boxing Board of Control (ZBBC) to stop “interfering” in the career of Charles Manyuchi, saying only the Zambian stable has rights to the Zimbabwean pugilist.

The Lusaka-based stable has for the last six months made sure Manyuchi is in shape to defend the African Boxing Union (ABU) welterweight title he won in July.

And last week Manyuchi successfully defended his ABU welterweight title after defeating Ghana’s Isaac Sowah in Lusaka.

Following that victory, ZBBC chairperson Paul Nenjerama said there was need for OQBP to allow Manyuchi to get exposed to more fights before he can fight in the World Boxing Control (WBC) rankings.

This sparked an outrage from OQBP operations manager Chris Malunga.

Mulanga said the ZBBC could not make decisions on behalf of Manyuchi as his Zambian handlers were the ones investing in him.

“It is very wrong for the Zimbabwe Boxing Board to start saying that. It is clear they have not seen him fight in a long time,” Malunga told the Times of Zambia recently.

“Besides, we are the ones managing him and we are the ones investing in him and we have a very clear road map and everything is going according to plan.

“We have a fine coach and Manyuchi is responding very well and going in a very good direction. If they (ZBBC) feel they can do a better job let them come and get him and take him to the belts they think he should be fighting for, if they can’t, let them stop disturbing the boxer’s focus.”

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