CHIKOMBA – Residents of Chivhu, boxer Charles Manyuchi's new hometown have vowed to continue supporting the World Boxing Council title holder despite his controversial loss to 34th ranked Uzbekistan boxer Qudratillo at the weekend.
Residents and supporters who spoke to The Mirror said in sport even the best athletes were bound to lose some games and the same applied to Manyuchi.
Manyuchi who is rated the World's number 6 in the World Boxing Council was floored twice inside two minutes and fifty-six minutes and the match was then stopped.
This raised allegations that Manyuchi was paid to fix results of the match.
Weston Chinoingira, who is the chairman of "Nyuchi dzegonera", an association that supports the boxer in Chivhu said the defeat will
not change anything.
He said Manyuchi was putting Chivhu on the map and therefore residents will rally behind him."This is sport, anything can happen in sports
and it does not mean that this is the end. Manyuchi remains the best for us. I will say Go Charle, Go," said Chinoingira.
He said there were plans to throw a welcome-back party for the boxer.
Chikomba RDC Council chairman Pardon Mudzimu said Chikomba remains behind the boxer and described Manyuchi as a source of pride for Zimbabwe, the SADC and Africa.
He said competition at the level that Manyuch has reached is very high and any result was possible. He said there also was need for Manyuchi to get better training facilties."We are behind him, he is a pride for Africa and Zimbabwe and in particular Chikomba district and he must not lose heart, he has all
our support. Singapore is a modern world country which has advanced facilities which may have been one of the challenges he faced,
" said Mudzimu.Benjamin Gwelo, one of Manyuchi's supports said Manyuchi is a champion and will always be one.He said allegations of match fixing are baseless.
He described Manyuchi as humble, hardworking, vigilant and dedicated.sport news