Chiwandire gets support from Manyuchi. . . mocks Mexican opponent

The Sunday Mail

Langton Nyakwenda

THE countdown to this historic boxing fight has begun.

And, it’s now exactly 20 days until Kudakwashe “Take Money” Chiwandire finally defends his interim World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight title against Mexico’s Zulina Munoz.

The highly anticipated fight, which has already been postponed twice, will take place at the Harare International Conference Center on October 1.

Financial constraints forced the fight’s promoters, Delta Force, to delay the fight, but now it seems there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Delta Force last week hired government officials to host a fundraising dinner, details of which would be made public this week.

More than 150,000 US dollars are needed to organize the fight.

This is the first time that Zimbabwe will host a women’s WBC title fight.

Famous pugilist Charles Manyuchi was the last Zimbabwean to hold a WBC belt.

The former silver welterweight champion has since thrown his weight behind Chiwandire.

“It’s good for Zimbabwe to have boxers fighting for prestigious belts like the WBC. I held the titles before, and now it’s time for Kuda (Chiwandire) to continue that legacy,” Manyuchi said.

“She just has to stay focused. I am convinced that she will perform well and that she will hold the country’s flag high.

“We rally behind her,” added Manyuchi, who is a former WBC International welterweight champion.

Chiwandire says she is “120%” mentally ready for this fight despite recent hiccups.

She actually thinks the much-loved Munoz is “not really good”.

The 27-year-old boxer adjusted her training schedule as the fight approached and now weighs 57kg, just 2kg over the stipulated weight.

“We are now moving slowly towards the fight, but mentally I am 120% focused.

“Physically I feel like I’m in the best possible shape,” Chiwandire told Sunday Mail Sport.

“The postponements have not affected me negatively.

“It was actually a blessing in disguise, because there were some gray areas that we needed to sort out and also some movements that we needed to fine-tune.”

Not only is she eight years younger than Munoz, but Chiwandire also lacks experience compared to the 35-year-old Mexican.

Munoz has won 53 fights, in which she has lost four and drawn two in a career that spans more than 17 years.

She is a former WBC Silver and international bantamweight champion, who also won the WBC world super flyweight belt.

Munoz is now gearing up for his 60th pro fight, while Chiwandire has a modest 5-2-1 record.

According to Chiwandire, Munoz’s statistics are irrelevant.

“I’ve seen a lot of Zulina Munoz fights and I’m actually shocked that she won so many fights.

“She’s not that good,” said Chiwandire.

“I promise you that if she plays like she does against me, I will take her down.

“Munoz will fall in Harare in October.”

Chiwandire is the first Zimbabwean woman to hold a WBC belt after clinching the WBC Interim Super Bantamweight title by defeating favorite Catherine Phiri of Zambia in Lusaka on February 27.

“It makes me want, zvinondipa manyemwe,” she says.

“It also shows that women can achieve great things if given the opportunity.

“There are no boundaries for me when it comes to boxing. I want to achieve everything I can. With discipline and focus, nothing is impossible,” she added.

If Chiwandire wins against Munoz, she’ll be in line for a shot at the WBC gold belt.

The belt is currently held by another Mexican, Almendra Yamileth Mercado Duarte, better known as Yamileth Mercado.

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