It is boxing action this Friday (tomorrow) as the Pan African Boxing Explosion explodes into life at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC) with 10 fights on the cards, two of them World Boxing Federation (WBF) title fights for the vacant Africa heavyweight and cruiser weight titles.
The boxing explosion the first in over a year since the former WBC welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi homecoming fight last year saw all the boxers undergo the mandatory weigh in and face off during a media conference at the match venue this Thursday (today) afternoon.
South African based Zimbabwe heavyweight champion and mixed martial arts champion Elvis “Bomber” Moyo will fight for the vacant WBF Africa heavyweight title against Kenyan Bernard Adie over 10 rounds in his first ever fight at home.
Zimbabwe’s Chamunorwa “Sting” Gonorenda will fight for the vacant WBF cruiserweight title against Kaminja Ramadan of Tanzania over 10 rounds.
Other supporting bouts will feature an array of international flavour among them a cruiserweight bout between Ilunga Makabau Jnr of the DRC and Mussa Ajibu of Malawi over 8 rounds.
Malawi’s Wilson Masamba will lock horns with Zimbabwe’s South Africa based Lawrence Moyo in an international welterweight bout over 8 rounds while Felix Vengenayi of Zimbabwe will fight George Otieno of Kenya in a lightweight bout over 8 rounds.
A super middleweight contest between Zimbabwe’s Nicola Mutonhora and Amos Takawira over 6 rounds while Tinashe Mutodza faces Tapiwa Tembo over 6 rounds in a bantamweight bout.
Freeman Mabvongwe and Liberty Muwahi face off in a middleweight bout over 4 rounds while a junior middleweight bout will feature Emmany Kalombo of the DRC and Thembani Mhlanga of Zimbabwe over 6 rounds.
The last bout of the boxing explosion will feature Blessing Kachigwada and Phillip Musariri in a four round light welterweight bout.
The boxers weigh-ins were witnessed by the WBF official Howard Goldberg while the two vacant WBF heavyweight and cruiserweight belts were also on display for all to see.
Zimbabwe National Boxing and Wrestling Control Board secretary, Thomas Kambuyi said they were happy to be hosting a high profile boxing event in Zimbabwe.
Promoters Saul Loggenberg and Jeremy Bean, said Zimbabwe is a very friendly and hospitable country contrary to the negative publicity abroad and would strive to host Friday night fights every month with the blessing of the boxing board while boxers could also travel to Europe and UK for regular boxing tournaments following the 10 explosive fights on Friday evening.