The City Sports Centre in the capital is set to host a new dawn boxing explosion at the end of this month as mixed martial artist and boxer Elvis “Byo Bomber” Moyo defends his World Boxing Federation (WBF) Africa heavyweight title over 10 rounds against Democratic Republic of Congo’s Knife Didier.
Moyo won the vacant WBF Africa heavyweight title last August when he knocked out Kenyan Bernad Adie in the fourth round.
The boxing tournament is the first in the new year and a collaboration between South Africa’s Kalaba and Zimbabwe’s Deltaforce Boxing Academy which could see more tournaments being hosted monthly and then fortnightly.
Tournament manager Eric Kandiwa said plans were afoot to woo more sponsors and partners as part of efforts to restore the sport of boxing to its former glory.
Organisers said they are not leaving anything to chance to ensure both fans and stakeholders attending the event are safe and secure.
Deltaforce Academy director Clyde Musonda said the partnerships with regional counterparts are an opportunity to share and learn from their counterparts who have experience hosting international tournaments.
Moyo last year provided all the excitement, thrills and spills as hundreds of boxing fans who thronged the Harare International Conference Centre to witness him clinch the vacant WBF Africa heavyweight title stopping Adie in his first ever fight at home in the 4th round of a scheduled 10 rounds.
Four other bouts will see Zimbabwe’s Tapiwa Tembo fight for the WBF Africa bantamweight title against Swedi Mohamed of Tanzania over 10 rounds.
Female boxer Monalisa Sibanda returns to the ring against Eneless Nkhahwathi of Malawi in a super lightweight non-title bout.
Zimbabwe champion Tinashe Madziwane squares off with Aubrey Masamba of Malawi in a non-title super bantamweight while Zimbabweans Thembani Mhlanga and Enock Musambudzi square off in a middleweight non-title bout.