Zimbabwe: Coronavirus Shatters Manyuchi’s WBC Dream

Charles Manyuchi will have to wait a little longer to take a crack at the World Boxing Council title this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The middleweight pugilist was scheduled to defend his World Boxing Federation title against Ugandan Mohamed Sebyala at the Harare International Conference last weekend.

But, the bout, like all sporting events worldwide, had to be put on hold as a precaution.

The Chivhu-based fighter had revealed his desire to make a return to the WBC, where he was once a silver champion, after his duel against Sebyala.

But the showdown against the Ugandan, which he will be using to justify his case for a return to the WBC, is looking increasingly in doubt as the COVID-19 scourge is tightening its grip on the African continent.

Already, the WBF have compromised, allowing Manyuchi to hold on to his title, which he won in September last year against Diego Diaz Gallardo of Argentina, at home.

Ordinarily, WBF holders are required to defend their crown within six months.

“It’s hard but this is the reality. No one ever predicted we would be in this situation we find ourselves in,” said Manyuchi.

“But, we cannot do anything about it. We can only look up to the heavens for salvation.

“Personally, I would have wanted to take on Sebyala like was originally planned and get over it as quickly as possible so that I would concentrate on returning to the WBC.”