By Gilbert Munetsi
Hassan “Starboy” Milanzi of the Charles Manyuchi Academy leaves for Dar es Salaam Tuesday for an eight-round international friendly bantamweight bout against Tanzanian George Bonabucha.
Dubbed “Usiku wa Mabingwa,” the fight takes place on Boxing Day at Ubungo Plaza.
The reigning Universal Boxing Council super-bantamweight champion, Milanzi, is still riding on the wave of victory posted against Given Daure at Borrowdale Race Course last month.
He won the fight by a unanimous point’s decision.
It will be his second time to fight in the East African country, having earlier succumbed to his first pro loss there in a title fight. His trainer, Ali “Otto” Phiri, is accompanying him.
Phiri said they had left no stone unturned in preparing for the match which will take the Zimbabwean boxer’s tally to W12-L1-D1 should he triumph.
“We have done enough homework and never took a break from his last fight.
“The boxer is in great shape and we have hopes we will draw the curtain to the year on a winning note,” Phiri told Nhau yesterday.
Meanwhile, Charles Manyuchi leaves for Zambia at the end of the week to begin preparations for his titles defences scheduled for January 29. He faces Said Mbelwa of Tanzania.
Manyuchi will defend his World Alliance Boxing Association (WABA) supreme middleweight championship and unify it with the World Boxing Union (WBU) title.
The fight takes place in Lusaka, Zambia, where the champion niched his career, winning such prestigious titles as the African Boxing Union (ABU) and the World Boxing Council international and silver titles.
But prior to his departure, the Chivhu town ambassador this Wednesday makes a visit to an orphanage in the town to donate goods he bought with the support of his sponsors. They include Nyaradzo, Mr T35 and Magestics Enterprises.
It has become tradition for him to embark on social responsibility acts of this nature and one of the institutions that has benefitted from the benevolence over the years is Mother of Peace Orphanage in Mutoko.
“l have managed to reap a substantial amount of grain from my farm and besides donating mealie meal, my partners have also chipped in with an array of grocery items.
“l’m sure this will make a little difference in the lives of the young boys and girls at the Orphanage,” he said. Nhau/Indaba