Interim WBC Super bantamweight champion Kudakwashe “Take Money” Chiwandire is on cloud nine after her long cry for recognition and assistance was finally heard and answered by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.
The 26-year-old pugilist was awarded with US $15 000 by the President for her heroics as she defeated Cathrine Phiri by a judges’ decision in the WBC title fight that was held in Lusaka.
The Mbare-born and Highfield-bred boxer said the gesture by the President serves as a spring in her step.
“I would like to thank the President for this recognition. I am humbled and honored by the honor and it means I have to work hard to continue raising the country’s flag higher,” said the Boxer.
Her trainer and manager Clyde Musonda said they are pleased that Take Money is finally getting recognized.
“I am happy that we have been honored and recognized by the President and we appreciate that,” said Musonda.
Musonda said his stable was happy with the government’s pledge to assist the boxer in her title defence pencilled for later this year.
“The President also pledged that the defence of the title must take place on home soil. We are happy as a stable. The government will commit to do whatever is needed to make sure that the historical tournament takes place here in Zimbabwe,” Musonda told Review & Mail Sports.
The mother of three at one point contemplated quitting boxing as she was not getting enough assistance but now she is eager to give her all in the ring as she is finally getting assistance and she hopes that her exploits in the ring will inspire fellow women to achieve their goals.
“I want other women out there to know that we can achieve greatness, I am now working on my title defence,” said the Boxer from Delta Force Boxing Academy.
Chiwandire’s prayers for assistance have been answered by a number of corporate organisations as companies like Perfect Designing, Gennal Pathology Laboratories, Neon Events Management as well as Gypside Electrical Engineering have come on board to assist the boxer.
In preparation for her bout against 2nd placed and title holder Mexican Yamileth Mercado, the boxer has partnered with Pro Fitness Gym in Borrowdale who will assist her with physical trainers who are qualified in aerobics and weight lifting while the government has assured her that they will ensure that the fight will take place on home soil.
Chiwandire, ranked 9th in the bantam weight world rankings according to Boxrec, is the highest ranked female boxer in the continent.