By Sports Reporter
FORMER World Boxing Council (WBC) silver welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi will host a 12-round international tournament featuring fighters from Zimbabwe and neighboring Zambia at Prince Edward School next Saturday (November 24).
The international boxing tournament dubbed "Rumble in the City" will be the third in 12 months to be hosted in the country by Charles Manyuchi Boxing Academy as a pugilist stepping up its efforts to return to popular combat sports.
The Co-director and spokesman for Charles Manyuchi Sports Academy, Prosper Chibaya, said that the academy has established mutually beneficial partnerships with Prince Edward School that created a platform for identifying and nurturing talent.
"Prince Edward has a School of Excellence model that balances academics and sports and they also happen to have a boxing club that has done quite well among amateurs," Chibaya said.
"Therefore, working relationships are convenience because we have areas that we both identify and, who knows, someday we can see it useful to make partnerships higher on the ladder," he said.
Since acquiring a promoter license from the Zimbabwe National Boxing Control Agency, Manyuchi, who founded Charles Manyuchi Boxing Academy at the beginning of the year, has reached the foundation in an effort to increase sports growth at the grassroots level.
The academy held the first tournament at Masvingo in May this year, followed by others in his hometown on Chivhu three months later.
Manyuchi fighting under the Oriental Boxing Promotional Boxing Zambia have established relationships with other clubs in the same country, Exodus Boxing Promotions.
"We are here to compete in promoting with other stables but also to equip them, so the decision to have a fight featuring boxers from this stable," he said.
Already, five boxers from his academy have turned professional and Manyuchi have gone out of their way to make sure they all take part in all of their tournaments as a way to improve their record for possible international title challenges in the future.
The tournament will feature 11 pulsating professional battles in which five Zambians will face opponents Zimbabwe in an international friendly match. The fight between Evans Husavihwevhu and Caristo Bwalya is the main drawcard for more than 10 rounds.