SYLVESTER CHISHIMBA, Lusaka
ORIENTAL Quarries Boxing Promotion coach Mike Zulu has urged Charles Manyuchi to desist from clowning during fights if he is to reclaim the World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight silver belt.
Zulu said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that clowning has no place in boxing.
“What happened in Singapore was a mistake and we are working on ways to change Manyuchi’s style of fighting. It is unacceptable for a boxer to start clowning during a fight.
“He [Manyuchi] clowned in the first round and this cost him the World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight silver title. He has promised never to fight like that in future bouts,” he said.
Qudratillo ‘The Punisher’ Abdquaxolov delivered a technical knockout 2:56 minutes in the first round to grab the belt from the Zimbabwean on March 25 in Singapore.
“The boxer has learnt a lesson and agreed to make changes with the way he fights in order for him to get back to the top.We need to instil discipline in him that we make him respect his opponents. We have a lot of work to do before he retains the belt,” Zulu said.
Meanwhile, Catherine Phiri is upbeat of trouncing South Africa’s Matshidiso Mokebisi in a non-title fight billed for July 29 in Ndola.
“This fight is going to secure me a possible rematch with Mexico’s Mariana ‘Barby’ Juarez. I only had a week’s rest and then after started training. I need to reclaim my title, the belt should be back with me here [in Zambia],” she said.
Catherine lost to Juarez on unanimous points during a WBC gold bantamweight title fight in Mexico city on April 1.