The former WBC Silver welterweight champion’s road to recovery started well as he defeated Sherif Kasongo of the Democratic Republic of Congo in a non-title match at Zmart Hall in Ndola, Zambia on Sunday.
By Carlo Chikomba
Charles Manyuchi won on his first match since his shock loss to a significantly lower ranked Uzbekistan opponent in March.
The boxer may still be reeling from an unexpected defeat at the hands of Qudratillo Abduqaxorov from Uzbekistan in Singapore, a match in which he surrendered his welterweight title, but his latest triumph will no doubt give him some much needed confidence as he works his way back to the top.
The match in Zambia was by no means an easy task though, with the Congolese Kasongo giving Manyuchi a run for his money as he went toe to toe with the Zimbabwean.
However, Manyuchi eventually showed his class as he ultimately won the bout by unanimous decision in the eighth round.
Speaking after the match, Manyuchi acknowledged his opponent’s skill while adding that he is very well still on his game.
“I won by a unanimous judges’ decision. My opponent was good and he is just like me (the way he fights). The last time he challenged me I won convincingly, but not this time.
I may be down but not yet out and Im going back to where I was before (welterweight champion).”
Manyuchi’s fight was one of the several undercard matches for the African Boxing Union’s main bout in which Zambian Alfred Muwowo was fighting Haji Juma from Tanzania for the flyweight title.