CECILIA ZULU, Lusaka
FLYWEIGHT Alfred Muwowo has vowed to pound Tanzania’s Juma Haji in next month’s Africa Boxing Union (ABU) title fight in Ndola.
Muwowo said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the time he is spending in the gymnasium will not go to waste.
“I am not looking at anything else apart from winning the title. I have been longing for the belt [ABU] and I am happy that it has come at the right time. It is coming here in Zambia and it will remain in Zambia,” Muwowo said.
He is targeting a knockout against Haji on July 1.
“I have never watched his videos before neither do I know him. But looking at his record, you can tell that he is a tough boxer but still, nothing will intimidate me because in as much as he is tough, I am also tough in my own way,” Muwowo said.
Muwowo, 20, has a record of six wins – all knockouts while Haji, 37, has 33 fights of which 18 are wins, 10 losses and five draws.
The Tanzanian has managed ten knockouts.
Meanwhile, Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQBP) operations director Christopher Malunga said preparations for the fight are underway.
Malunga, who could not disclose how much has been raised, said the organising committee is working round the clock to raise US$50, 000.
“Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo has promised to come to our aid in raising funds for the fight. We have also approached other co-operating partners to come on board,” he said.
Meanwhile, ABU has appointed William Sekeleti as referee for the Muwowo versus Haji fight.
Zambia’s John Shipanunka, John Chaggu of Tanzania and McPhella Nyirenda of Malawi will be judges while Zambia Professional Boxing and Wrestling Control Board secretary Chris Mulenga will supervise the fight.