Zimbabwe’s very own WBC silver welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi will be locking horns with Uzbekistan’s Qudratillo Abduqaxorov in a WBC-sanctioned Battle of the Champions: Road to Glory event, organised by Cartel International Promotions in Singapore today (Saturday).
This will be the first time the World Boxing Council (WBC) will be hosting a fight event in Singapore at the OCBC Arena.
The title fight, dubbed ‘Asia vs Africa’, will see Zimbabwe’s very own WBC silver welterweight champion Manyuchi taking on Uzbekistan’s Abduqaxorov.
Manyuchi, who became the Silver Champion in May last year when he defeated Russian Dmitry Mikhaylenko in his own backyard (Russia), will be defending his title against the undefeated Abduqaxorov.
The Zimbabwe born boxing star boasts of a career record of 20 wins, two losses and a draw and his opponent so far undefeated in his career has 10 wins with seven coming by way of knockout.
Manyuchi took a verbal swing at his opponent, at a press conference last week.
The 27-year-old claimed he was in a ‘different league’ to his rival, adding that the Uzbek’s record of 10 wins in 10 fights is a hollow one as he had fought only ‘useless boxers’.
Abduqaxorov, however, is not riled up by the verbal jab.
In fact, when asked about Manyuchi’s comments, the 23-year-old simply smiled and said he has no fear of Manyuchi’s tally of 20 wins from 23 fights, 13 of which have come via knockout.
“It is his mistake to be overconfident, thinking this will be an easy fight for him. Let’s see what he can do inside the ring,” said Abduqaxorov.
Manyuchi is ranked sixth in the world by WBC in his weight class, while Abduqaxorov is 34th.
According to the organisers Cartel International Promotions, the two will slug it out at around 4pm Zimbabwe time.