Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions Operations Manager, Christopher Malunga, says the stable has managed to raise about K210, 000 against its initial budget of K437, 000 towards the preparations of the upcoming two Africa Boxing Union (ABU) title fights between Catherine Phiri and Gibisele Tshabalala of South Africa and defending title match for Charles Manyuchi slated for September this year.
Malunga said the stable is humbled with the overwhelming response from business entities and the media who have pledged to support the fights in various forms.
Speaking during a press briefing in Lusaka today, Malunga said the stable will soon announce the major sponsor in the two fights but added that it is now remaining with a deficit of K227 000 which it hopes to raise a month before the fight.
He said the major sponsor, who could not be announced at this stage, wishes to take care of the all promotions.
He stated that by the time the major sponsor will be announce the contender for Charles Manyuchi will also be announced.
Malunga announced that the stable has received sponsorship from Californian beverages, New York Printers who have pledged to print all advertising and promotions materials for the two fights at a cost of K15 000, Prime TV, Joy FM radio, Millennium Radio, Comet Radio, Bran Power, Stay Easy, which has offered three rooms at a cost of K7500, Voice Newspaper, which has further pledged sponsorship of K20, 000, while another K50 000 has come from a sponsor who did not want to be mentioned, and Mika hotel.
He observed that the stable regards the media as major partners in promoting the fights, adding that the media have been keen into helping the stable promote and advertise its activities.
And Mika Hotel Marketing Manager, Miyanda Lyuumba, said the hotel has offered three rooms from their hotel in Kabuonga, Lusaka, valued at K7,140.
Mr Lyuumba said the hotel wants to be part of ventures that are in line with the hotels social responsibility as a pay back to the overwhelming response towards its business.
Meanwhile World Professional Boxing Federation Bantamweight Champion, Catherine Phiri, says getting back to school was a decision that came from her heart, adding that besides being a champion, education still remains important.
Phiri said mixing school and boxing is not much a challenge because it is about planning and dividing time.
She said for her doing two things at a time is not so much a challenge, adding that one may be good at their basic education and bad at their professional work which then calls for balancing of priorities in life.
And stables promotions manager Christopher Malunga said the stable has put in place all logistics to ensure she does not miss anything concerning her education.
Malunga said the stable is paying for her extra lessons even when she is in camp to ensure that she has a teacher from her school giving her lessons so that her career does not disturb her education.
He said her school, Namunga Secondary School, has been in agreement with the stable to ensure that programs pertaining to her educations are not disturbed by the training at anytime.
Catherine will on September 8, this year, take on South Africa’s Gibisela Tshabalala in a fight for a vacant Africa Boxing Union (ABU) Title at Lusaka’s Mulungushi International Conference Centre which will be an elimination bout for the World Boxing Council Title currently Held by Suzi Ramadan of Australia.