THE Zimbabwean government has given World Boxing Council (WBC) welterweight silver champion Charles Manyuchi a diplomatic passport and US$5,000 (K50, 000) ahead of his defence title fight against Damien Martin of France in Harare on September 30.
Manyuchi, a Zimbabwean-born boxer under the Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions (OQBP) in Zambia, says he will defend the WBC welterweight crown in honour of President Robert Mugabe.
OQBP operations manager Christopher Malunga commended the Zimbabwean government for awarding Manyuchi the diplomatic passport on Tuesday night at Rainbow Towers.
Malunga said great sportsmen deserved to be treated with honour because it was not easy to fly the country’s flag high.
“Manyuchi is a great boxer and we are happy that the government of Zimbabwe is motivating him before the September 30 fight. We are delighted by the Zimbabwean government’s support,” he said.
He said all was set for the staging of the fight at Harare International Conference Centre and Manyuchi was in shape.
He said the boxer was committed to training to ensure the title remains in Zimbabwe.
“Coach Mike Zulu is doing a good job to make sure the boxer is ready for the defence title fight. The boxer is putting in the very best in training,” Malunga said.
In May, Manyuchi defeated Russia’s Dmitry Mikhaylenko in Russia to become the WBC welterweight silver champion and last Saturday the Zimbabwean beat Samuel Deogratias of Tanzania in a non-title fight in Lusaka.