Dongaâ€™s passion for the sport, which has somehow retreated into the doldrums in recent times, coupled with pleas from other boxers, promoters and friends to make a comeback compelled the tenacious former light and middleweight national champion to come out of retirement.
Dongaâ€™s ability to hold his own after a long period of inactivity will however come under scrutiny when he takes to the ring against Charles Manyuchi to contest the vacant middleweight title on Friday.
The former champion says despite his long layoff, heâ€™s ready for the impending challenge.
Donga says: â€œThe fight promises to be a good one. Some have dubbed it a grudge match but I am just taking it as an ordinary bout. Manyuchi is talented fighter but Iâ€™m playing my cards close to my chest and I am prepared for the fight.â€
National light heavyweight champion Wesley Mcdade whoâ€™s Dongaâ€™s sparring partner reckons he has what it takes to emerge unscathed against Manyuchi.
â€œHe has been working very well. Over the last few weeks thereâ€™s been a dramatic increase in his fitness levels as well as his punching power. He also comes with a lot of experience and I think that is going to pay off in the fight,â€ said Mcdade.
The middleweight title fight pitting Mordecai Donga and Charles Manyuchi, two of the countryâ€™s most resilient boxers will take place in Bulawayo on this Friday.