Chiwandire on brink of WBC gold title

Shelly Guni

History-making female boxer Kudakwashe Chiwandire’s dream was to become the first World Boxing Council champion.

And after winning the WBC interim title over Catherine Phiri in February, Chiwandire’s dream is closer to coming true as she is yet to defend her interim title, which paves way for her to challenge for the WBC gold which is in the hands of Yamileth Mercado.

On February 26, 2022 at the Lusaka Government Sports Complex, Chiwandire made history and became the talk of the town.

But not for long.

For her exploits, the 26-year-old mother of three received US2000 or less, the belt and a few share of media mileage. Something that is a mean reward for a champion of her caliber.

In fact, she is the first boxer to lift the WBC gold interim title after celebrated boxer Charles Manyuchi who held the WBC silver.

The WBC interim belt is a world title in its own right, although there is a substantive gold title which is a notch above.

And despite raising the country’s flag high after defeating Zambian champion Cathrine Phiri in February this year, Kudakwashe Chiwandire is yet to get the honor she deserves.

Chiwandire who survives on selling fried corn (Mhandire) has since set her sights on defending her title.

Her trainer, and director of Deltaforce Academy, Clyde Musonda says they are now focusing on the fight and have since lost hope of getting the recognition on a national level.

Chiwandire will be fighting against 42-year-old María Anastacia Juárez of Mexico, who holds a boxing record of 55 wins, 11defeats and four draws.

Should Chiwandire triumph over Maria, she will then go on to face Yamileth Mercado who is holding the full WBC Gold super Bantamweight title.

“We are now set to prepare for our defending title. We will be hosting the title match.

“The fight is probably going to take place in August.

“We will be happy to host this historical tournament. The advantage will not only be for Zimbabwe, but for the whole of Africa. We will be looking forward to this fight on our continent. Kuda is the only boxer holding this WBC gold belt all over Africa and we will be happy to host the fight here.”

Commenting on the little recognition they received, Musonda said: “We are focusing on the most important aspect of our business, which is fighting and winning matches.

“If people want to come on board along the way they are free and if they don’t it’s still okay, we are doing our job which is to raise the country’s flag up high,” he said.

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