HARARE – New boxing academy BoxAfrica is set to host an amateur boxing tournament at St Mary’s Hall in Chitungwiza on June 25 aimed at developing the sport at grassroots level.
The academy which also doubles up as a promotion and management company says more than 30 clubs from around the country are expected to participate in the second edition of the tournament dubbed “Everlasting Ring Engagements.”
The first edition was staged at the same venue in November last year through their partnership with the local town council.
BoxAfrica director Gilbert Munetsi said his organisation derives pride in amateur boxing, a base from which “pugilists transit into professional ranks.”
“Without a firm amateur structure, we cannot entertain the hopes of churning out more champions on the regional and international circuit,” Munetsi said.
“We have thus identified Chitungwiza as a way to spread the sport to other parts of the country that have not been as active and when the local authority embraced our idea for the project. We made a Memorandum of Understanding whereby we do the administrative part and they provide venues and chip in with other requirements needed to make the tournament successful.”
The former Zimbabwe National Boxing Control Board secretary said: “The medium to long-term goal is to have a well-organised academy that is well-resourced tapping into the abundant talent at Chitungwiza’s disposal.”
Chitungwiza Town Clerk George Makunde said their goal is to see his community becoming the hub of boxing in the country.
“Chitungwiza is home to the best musicians and footballers and, yes, it is home to the best boxers too – only that they need support to make it big in their careers,” Makunde said.