By Skilder Makona
Zimbabwean boxing is set to scale greater heights following the launch of a World Class Boxing Tournament penciled for August in Harare.
The Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) will be set ablaze this August with an explosive World Class Boxing Tournament which is expected to revive and promote the fading game in the country.
The high profile event which is expected to attract over two million viewers globally has been touted as the right dose to put the domestic game on the international radar.
“Zimbabwe is full of talent and by hosting this event we are hopeful it will open gates for others to reach their full potential. The tournament will also help put domestic boxing on the international arena as it will be beamed across many platforms. We are delighted to be here in Zimbabwe and we anticipate a fruitful journey going forward. I am positive that the country’s sport will not remain the same after this event and that boxing in Zimbabwe will reach dizzy heights,” said Boxing Promoter, Edward Mendy.
The National Boxing Controlling Board believes the August tournament which is in line with the government’s sports tourism drive, will work as a major driver towards enhancing investments in the sport and market Brand Zimbabwe.
“The hosting of this event will bring numerous opportunities not only for boxing stakeholders but it cuts across the board. The tournament will provide an opportunity for Zimbabweans to tell their own story and set the record straight that our country is a very habitable place. We are going to use this tourney to revive the sport in Zimbabwe which had suffered a major setback owing to COVID-19. As the controlling board, we are positivevent will also help boost our country’s economy since there would be more nationalities coming to Zimbabwe,” said Lawrence Zimbudzana of the Zimbabwe National Boxing & Wrestling Control Board.
All national champions with titles including Brendon Denesi, Tinei Maridzo, Monalisa Sibanda, Peter Pambeni, Kuda Chiwandire, Zviko Danzwa and Evans Husayihwevhu attended the launch.
Five-time world champion Lee McAlister and three sons of former world champion Justin Mayweather, Seb Eubank and Kenzie Morrison are among the boxers expected to grace the August card at the HICC.
A road show around Harare’s Central Business District and surrounding suburbs has also been lined up where all the country’s boxing champions will parade their belts.
By Skilder Makona