Following the announcement of the upcoming Boxing Extravaganza dubbed UK vs Africa, the event organizers have released the names of the eight boxers who will settle their differences in the boxing ring on the 13 of July 2018 at the Harare International Conference Centre.
By Tongai Mwenje
The eight ringsters include two Zimbabweans, four inhabitants of England, one South African and one Congolese based in Johannesburg South Africa.
The major bouts of the night include the WBF Super Welterweight Inter- Continental Title and will run for 12 rounds between Emmany Kalombo (DRC) and Samuel Antwi (UK), the Inter- Continental Super middleweight will seeing Wesley Mcdade (Zimbabwe) exchanging punches with Mickey Ellison of the UK. The last bout will be the Bantamweight pitting Tapiwa Tembo (Zimbabwe) against Marc Leach (UK).
According to Kalakoda Boxing promoters – main sponsors of the event, some of the pugilists on the list haven’t yet acquired the professional experience hence the platform is meant to give them more exposure and to reignite the spirit of Boxing in this country.
“Please note that some of the Boxers have just turned Professional But that is the essence of the bouts to give them more exposure and to reignite the spirit of Boxing in this country, taking it back to the hey days of Langton “School Boy” Tinago, Proud Kilimanjaro Chinembiri and Alfonso “Mosquito” Zvenyika,” read the statement.
The bouts are also going to be promoting women Boxers as there will be preliminary bouts which will pit Mapula Ngubane against Stacey Copeland of the UK in the Commonwealth Ladies Super Weltherweight Title which is billed for 10 rounds.
Kalakoda Boxing promoters also said the event is not just about fighting but bridging political gap between Harare and the United Kingdom.
“The Boxing Extravaganza is not just about Boxing but it is transcending the political boundaries by building bridges where there were no bridges especially between the UK and Zimbabwe where the latter is seeking to reengage with the rest of the world. It is our firm belief and conviction that Sport and more precisely Boxing can play a pivotal role in this regard. Sport must be a unifier not a tool to divide people, we must learn from the example set recently in North and South Korea where the two nations where never used to share the same table ended doing so as a result of the Winter Olympic Games which were hosted by South Korea,” said Jeremy of Kalakoda Boxing.
Apparently, the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe H.E Emerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa have been traveling across the world preaching the gospel of re-engagement with key international partners under the trending mantra“Zimbabwe is now open for Business”.
“Apart from bringing Boxing to Zimbabwe we are also of the view that this is an opportunity to educate the Zimbabwean population on the importance of Boxing, a sport which traces its roots back to the ancient Olympics that it is not a violent sport rather, there key life lessons such as decision making like when one throws a punch, when one blocks they learn how to not only defend themselves when under attack but if they are young people they learn to safeguard themselves against dangerous situations in life.
This event will aid in the current efforts to market Zimbabwe as a safe Tourist destination and thus assisting in realizing the mantra “Zimbabwe is now open for Business” which the new Dispensation is pushing for.The event will usher the nation in realizing some of its socio- economic agenda,” read part of the statement.
The event is sponsored by Kalakoda in conjunction with Kwese Sports, Friday Fight Nights and Soweto TV Channel 251.
Full List of the Boxers
Marc Leach, super Bantamweight, Salford, Lanchashire, United Kingdom
Tapua Tapiwe Tembo, Super Bantamweight, Gweru, Zimbabwe
Mickey Ellison, Super Middleweight, Darwin, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Stacey Copeland, Super Welterweight, Hyde, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Samuel Antwi, Super Welterweight, Stockwell, London
Mapule Ngubane, Super Welterweight, PieterMaritzburg, South Africa
Wesley Mcdade, Light Heavyweight, Harare, Zimbabwe
Emmany Kalombo, Super Welterweight, Kinshasa, DRC based in Johannesburg South Africa