World title fight in limbo

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HARARE – Zimbabwe’s hopes of hosting the country’s first world title fight is hanging by a thread with organisers of the event, Delta Force Boxing Promotions, still in need of $15 000 to make the bout a reality.

Zimbabwe’s Tapiwa Tembo is expected to trade leather with Zambian Gibon Kamota over 12 rounds for the World Boxing Union (WBU) bantamweight world title fight.

The fight has been set for the City Sports Centre on November 2.

And now with just days to go before the eagerly anticipated bout, Delta Force Boxing Promotions are in last ditch efforts to secure the required funding.

The $15 000 will go towards securing air tickets for match commissioner Arthur Ellensohn, who is travelling to Harare from Switzerland, whilst part of it will be directed to the boxers’ purse price.

Yesterday, leading boxing promoter Clyde Musonda, who is also part of the fund-raising committee for the fight, made a passionate appeal “to all sports loving Zimbabweans.”

“A number of and corporates have so far come on board in helping secure the venue, accommodation, dancehall artists, P.A systems and other necessities for the fight.  But we are not there yet,” Musonda told the Daily News.

“It’s like we are standing on the fence. We are appealing to everyone, politicians, churches, and individuals to assist us so that we will make this fight possible. We have been postponing this fight for some time now and we can’t afford to ask for another postponement from the WBU,” Musonda said.

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