WORLD Boxing Council (WBC) international welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi is expected to leave the country this week for Zambia to prepare for his title defence against an unnamed opponent in March.
Manyuchi successfully defended his title in November when he beat Columbian boxer Devis Casseres in a third round technical knockout in Zambia in November last year.
The Zimbabwean welterweight champion is expected to take another crack at defending his title before he moves for yet another higher shot.
Manyuchi’s manager from Zambia’s Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions Chris Malunga yesterday spoke to our sister paper Southern Eye Sport on Manyuchi’s proposed title defence.
“Manyuchi will defend his title either at the end of March or April. I cannot say the name of the opponent because we are still finalising on the fight. However, they are two opponents that we are talking to. We will only reveal the name of the opponent once the boxers have signed,” he said.
However, Malunga said although the deal has not sealed Manyuchi is coming to Zambia for preparations.
“He should be in Zambia by end of this week so that he goes into camp in preparation for the fight. I have been communicating with him he has been preparing for the fight,” he said.
However, there have been reports that Manyuchi will square up against David Avanesya of Russia although Malunga said for now he is not in a position to name the opponent.
Manyuchi won the WBC international title in March last year when he knocked out Ghana’s Patrick Allottey in the eighth round of the bill at Lusaka Government Complex in the Zambian capital.
He holds the African Boxing Union title he won in June 2013 when he defeated Burkina Faso champion Patrice Sou Toke before he defended the title against Isaac Sowah in Zambia two months later.