Boxing prodigy Vanso ready for battle
BY HENRY MHARA
NATIONAL lightweight boxing champion Evans “Vanso” Husavihwevhu is optimistic about a victory when he faces Malawian Bison Gwayani for the World Alliance Boxing Association (Waba) All-Africa lightweight belt on July 3 in Masvingo.
The clash will be one of three title fights for the evening, including the main bout between boxing superstar Charles Manyuchi, who will defend his World Boxing Federation (WBF) belt against Ugandan Muhamad Sebyala.
Manyuchi – holder of the World Boxing Union and Universal Boxing Council titles – will also fight for Waba against the East African boxer.
The other title fight will see Tinashe Majoni take on Tanzanian Yusouf Ali for a WBF crown.
The tournament has been moved from Harare to Masvingo because Manyuchi, who organizes the fights under his stable Manyuchi Boxing Academy, wants to reimburse the community that has developed his career.
Highly rated Vanso, who is entering wrestling after winning the national lightweight title on Saturday, says he is ready for the tournament which will be hosted by the Flamboyant Hotel.
“I watched his fights (from Gwayani) and I can say it will be difficult. He is good, former WBF champion and current national title holder in Malawi. I will have to be at my best to win, but I have confidence in my abilities and I am very confident that I will beat him, ”said Vanso, who is under Manyuchi Boxing Academy.
Ahead of his weekend victory over Patson Mutengwa that earned him the national title, Vanso had drawn Ndodana Ncube in May, with all bouts serving as preparation for Gwayani’s clash.
“I’m getting there in terms of preparations. These fights have really helped me a lot. We haven’t been competing for very long due to COVID-19, so these matches gave me the fitness that I wanted. There are still a few areas that I need to improve, but otherwise I’m ready, ”he added.
His clash with Gwayani will be the curtain raiser of the great clash between Manyuchi and Sebyala.
Manyuchi returns to the ring for the first time since defeating Argentinian Diego Diaz Gallardo in Harare two years ago to clinch the WBF middleweight title, adding that he has been striving to return to the top ever since. that he lost his WBC Silver Championship title in March 2017, and beating Sebyala is part of the plan.
He knows that a loss to the Ugandan would be a huge blow to his return to stardom.
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