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    18 boxers participate at the GZU Boxing Club launch




    SHANNISE DZOBO

    MASVINGO – Eighteen amateur and professional boxers from across the country and beyond participated at the Great Zimbabwe University Boxing Club launch which was graced by former WBC Silver welterweight Champion Chalres Manyuchi at the Masvingo Civic Centre on Saturday last week.
    Boxers did not waste time as they got onto the stage to trade leather to the best of their talents with some being knocked out in the first round and others enduring the heavy punches that were raining from their more experienced opponents.
    The first match was between Alice Mbewe (18) from Zambia versus Melisa Matanhire (19) of Zimbabwe under the amateur category. The Zambian easily dismissed Matanhire.
    Masvingo boxers dominated the other bouts with the likes of Trynos Zihove beating Andie Ncube and Tinashe Zihove beating Trymore Chiweshe.
    The main bout was between Brendon (Boika) Denes (23) a professional boxer at GZU doing Politics and Administration and Alfred Kashiri (27) which kept the fans on their toes as some were whistling and ululating with others punching their fists in the air in praise.
    Much to the disappointment of the fans the bout did not last long  as Kashiri was knocked out in the second round after receiving a jab from Boika which forced him to land on his back prompting the referee to end the match.
     'Boika' made his first appearance in  professional boxing fraternity after he had been in the armature and attaining 54 wins and 3 losses, 15 local gold medals at Youth Games and 4 international gold medals at regional games.
    "I am so happy with the outcome of the match and I am expecting a lot to happen in the near future and I really want to thank Charles Manyuchi's Academy for believing in me that much and also GZU for their support all along," said Boika.
    Sarafina Mudavanhu the Dean of Students said she was happy with the launch of the GZU Boxing Club and they are hopeful that this will go a long way in nurturing talent from the institution.
     "As a university we are so delighted by the outcome and we want to thank Charles Manyuchi's Academy for this gesture and we hope to host more boxing tournaments in future so that we nurture talents we have at the institution," said Mudavanhu.
    Charles Manyuchi encouraged all those who want to join the boxing club to be determined, focused and have discipline for one to be successful in the sport. 
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