Manyuchi wins ABU title
By ELIAS CHIPEPO -
CHARLES Manyuchi has been crowned the new African Boxing Union (ABU) welterweight champion after knocking out belt holder Patrice Toke of Burkina Faso.
Manyuchi fighting under Oriental Quarries Boxing Stables (OQBS) won the fight in round five of the 12 rounder having already sent Toke to the floor in the second round.
“The fight was tough, but I am happy to have won to become the new champion,” said an excited Manyuchi in an interview from Burkina Faso yesterday.
He said he will continue working hard to ensure that he keeps the belt ahead of his title defence in September 28, the same day female champion Catherine Phiri will be fighting for the ABU title against South Africa’s Gibisele Tshabalala.
And OQBS operations manager Chris Malunga in an interview from Burkina Faso said he was happy with Manyuchi’s victory saying his boxer dominated in the all the rounds, with the fifth being the decider.
Malunga said he was happy that Manyuchi has shown what he can do at the international stage.
“The boxer fought really well and after he brought down Toke in the second round, we advised him to go for a kill because we saw that he can win the fight and fighting a champion at his home ground is not easy, but Manyuchi showed class in his win,” Malunga said.
Manyuchi went into the fight after two impressive but hard-fought wins – a unanimous decision over tough Malawian Osgood Kayuni in March and a 10th round knockout of stubborn Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) boxer, Mbiya Kanku in May.
Toke won the ABU title in October last year after defeating Isaac Sowah via a eighth round victory.
His last fight was in January this year when he won a unanimous points decision over eight rounds against Nigeria’s Opaldinan Alamu.