By ZBC Reporter
Zimbabwe is ready to host two major boxing events at the end of this month in the resort city Victoria Falls, in a major boost for the sport and the tourism sector.
The World Boxing Council (WBC) All Africa Officials Training and Grading Workshop as well as the Africa Boxing Union (ABU) Convention and Boxing tournament will be held in Victoria Falls from 25th to the 27th of this month.
The two events are expected to enhance the technical capacities of boxing officials across the continent and define the governance structure of boxing in Africa for the next 5 years while also exploring strategies of modernising and developing the sport at all levels.
It is, however, the boxing tournament that has attracted much of the attention with Zimbabwean female boxing Champion Monalisa Sibanda promising nothing but victory.
“I call upon supporters, sponsors, media to come rally behind me as I make history again. Ladies and gentlemen, see you in Victoria Falls,” she said.
Boxing promoter Mr Stalin Mau Mau says they are ready to showcase Zimbabwe’s talent in boxing with six professional bouts and four amateur fights.
“The hosting of the tournament is going to showcase the boxing talent we have in our country. We are going to have 6 professional bouts from different countries and one is a legendary in the house,” said Mau Mau.
The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority has also thrown its weight behind the boxing tournament.
“We are here to support through and through and we have to make sure that our hospitality is top notch when we get these high-level guests coming through to the country,” said Mr Godfrey Koti, ZTA Head of Corporate Affairs.
Zimbabwe National Boxing and Wrestling Control Board Chief Executive Officer Lawrence Zimbudzana is equally confident of the positive impact of the two boxing events on the local tourism industry.
Said Zimbudzana, “The hosting of the two events therefore forms part of our long term strategy to use combat sport as a vehicle to contribute to socio-economic development by stimulating tourists in the country. We are anticipating that at least USD$500 000 will be generated through tourism receipts and related economic activities around the two events. Furthermore, media coverage of the events will also increase continental and global visibility of our country as proceeding will be shared in with over 190 countries affiliated to WBC and ABU.”
The tournament is being hosted by Mau Mau Boxing Promotions in partnership with the Victoria Falls Boxing Academy under the theme: “#The Showcase #Fight In The Smoke That Thunders.