CHARLES Manyuchi’s mission to revive boxing begins in Chivhu this evening with the World Boxing Welterweight champion staging an amatuer boxing tournament as part of his initiative to take the sport that has hugely faded back into the national limelight.
The 26-year-old, who successfully defended his title in Italy in July, is working with a local sponsor, to organise the event in their efforts to develop boxing from the grassroots level.
Manyuchi yesterday told NewsDay Sport that they had received an overwhelming response from boxers who wanted to take part in this inaugural event, which will be the first of many similar tournaments he has lined up across the country.
The ultimate goal, Manyuchi says, is to have a running boxing league.
“The preparations have gone according to plan, although we are still appealing to the corporates to come on board and support this very important initiative and make it even much better,” Manyuchi said.
“The response has been overwhelming and as I speak, boxers and officials are on their way from around the country. At least 70 boxers have confirmed their participation from all the country’s provinces. So we expect a very big night. If everything goes according to plan, we should start at 5pm and end the next morning.”
Eighteen bouts have been scheduled for the tournament, which will be hosted under the Bees Boxing stable.