Lusaka stages international boxing tourney

LUSAKA’S National Sports Development Centre (NASDEC) today comes to life with the Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotion (OQBP) staging an international non-title tournament.

OQBP operations manager Christopher Malunga yesterday said all was set for the tournament aimed at giving the Zambian boxers exposure.

Welterweight Lorita Muzeyo said she will pound Zimbabwean Anisha Bashilee to prove she deserves  a shot at the  World Boxing Council (WBC) silver belt.

Muzeyo said winning the non-title fight was important as it will act as a motivation ahead of the WBC Silver fight next month.

“I am confident that I will win tomorrow’s fight (today). I don’t know much about my opponent but I am adequately prepared. A win will act as a morale booster for the WBC silver challenge,” she said.

But Bashillee warned Muzeyo she will not find it easy in the ring but said she will do more talking in the ring.

And footballer-cum-boxer Barbara Banda said the non-title fight would be an opportunity to showcase her skill.

“I am a woman of few words and talk more in the ring. Football is about team work while boxing is an individual sport. I have trained hard and will do my level best,” she said.

Flyweight Banda will fight fellow footballer Kudakwashe Chiwandire also of Zimbabwe.

Malunga said the stable was working on staging four or more non-title tournaments next year to give amateur boxers a platform to reveal their talent.

“I know we may not have done more this year on staging this kind of tournament. It is sad that the boxers had to wait from March to compete in another tournament. I believe next year it will be a different story,” he said.

Other fights will see bantamweight Martin Manda of Oriental slug it out against club mate Remmy Simbeye.

Flyweight Alfred Muwowo will face Aubrey Masamba of Zimbabwe while welterweight Mbiya Kanku will exchange punches with Charles Misanjo of Malawi.