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Chiwandire’s Fight Hangs In The Air

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The much anticipated World Boxing Council Interim Super Bantamweight fight between Zimbabwe’s Kudakwashe Chiwandire and Mexican Zulina Munoz scheduled for the Harare International Conference Center on Saturday could be postponed again due to lack of funding.

Munoz and her entourage including the judges and referees were expected in Zimbabwe this week at the expense of the hosts but Chiwandire’s camp is saying that they are incapacitated to foot the bill.

Deltaforce Promotions director Clyde Musonda who is also Chiwandire’s coach subtly accused the government through the Zimbabwe National Boxing and Wrestling Control Board of reneging on their promise to fund the fight after Zimbabwe were announced as the hosts.

“When the World Boxing Council offered us to host this fight they clearly indicated that we should be in a position to cater for the logistics of the opponents and other staff. So I told this to the Zimbabwe National Boxing and Wrestling Control Board who promised to support and that’s how we accepted the offer,” Musonda said.

“We couldn’t have accepted to host this fight without government support. I have written to the board countless times but all I have been getting are verbal promises. I’m just hoping that something comes up in these five days and we are able to get the funding and send the air tickets to all those that are supposed to come.”

Zimbabwe National Boxing and Wrestling Control Board chairperson Vee Chibanda is however singing a different tune saying the government is not obliged to fund the fight as it is the responsibility of the promoter.

“We are just a board which oversees the operations of the sport in the country not to bring in the fighters from outside the country. That’s the responsibility of the promoter and that’s the responsibility of Deltaforce Promotions. I think you are directing your questions to the wrong people.We have read in the newspapers that Deltaforce Promotions has sponsors as well,” Chibanda said.

The bout was initially scheduled for 27 August but was postponed due to lack of funding. The World Boxing Council are unlikely to give in to another postponement which might be detrimental to Chiwandire.

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