By Lawrence Trusida Sports Editor
RISING female boxer, Kudakwashe Chivandire is on the verge of becoming the first Zimbabwean to compete for the World Boxing Council (WBC) gold.
Chivandire takes on Zambian Catherine Phiri for the vacant WBC super-bantam weight title on the 29th of January next year.
The former footballer, who once turned out for Cyclone Queens and Aces Youth Soccer Academy, could soon be mentioned in the same lines as other WBC champions in Tyson Fury, Saul Alvarez and former champions and legends Mike Tyson and Vitali Klitscho, when she takes to the boxing ring against former World Champion, Catherine Phiri who is ranked 10th in the world.
The WBC belt is internationally recognised as best among the four top boxing boards that is the International Boxing Federation (IBF), World Boxing Organisation (WBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA).
The multi-talented star, also known as Take Money in the boxing ring, is a former national karate champion and was on the verge of quitting boxing when she got the world title opportunity.
“This is my time, I was about to quit boxing actually I left my stable and said I want to be the best but the opportunity wasn’t coming and was on my way out then I met Clyde and he said he can help to take me the top and here I am,” said Kudakwashe Chivandire, a Boxer.
American based boxing promoter, Edward Mendy, who manages international stars Justin Mayweather and Harry Simon explains the significance of the fight.
“This is a unique opportunity that he has, she is fighting for a world title, she is going for the linear championship same as what Fury and Wilder was fighting for,” said Edward Mendy, Boxing Promoter.
Zimbabwe has never had a WBC gold holder, with legend Charles Manyuchi at his peak only managing the WBC silver and was two fights away from challenging for the world title fight, when he lost his belts.