Sports is a learning experience:Manyuchi

Shelly Guni

Celebrated Zimbabwean pugilist Charles Manyuchi has seen it all there is to see inside the boxing ring.

The 32-year-old Manyuchi has a boxing record of 25 wins, four defeats and a draw.
“Tap that talent. It’s our talent id port. Where we identify talent. We have given out that initiative, you were saying you don’t have the facilities, you don’t know where to go if you have what it takes to be in the sport,” he says.
Now based in Masvingo, the boxing star says he is happy with the progress he has made in his career so far, both in and outside the ring.
“Sports has helped me and the principles of sports continue to help me through difficult times.
“Sports are filled with opportunities for risk-taking, and repeated exposure to these opportunities is the best training for developing a sense of when it’s a good time to take the shot and when it might be better to pass it up,” he said.
Manyuchi believes no matter where one goes in life, the principle holds that in order to achieve great success, one must take risks.
“Everyone may take up sports; but only one may eventually become a champion, but definitely all will be winners.
“Sports helps an individual much more than in the physical aspects alone. It builds character, teaches and develops strategic thinking, changes lifestyle, analytical thinking, leadership skills, goal setting and risk taking, just to name a few.
“For me sport has taught me something called fairplay. Though winning is important, losing is not a disgrace. Being generous and graceful in victory as well as defeat. Have respect for the vanquished.”
Manyuchi who now boasts of a number of businesses and owns some properties, said if he had given up, it could have been a different story.
After 12-years of professional boxing, Manyuchi is also making an effort to prepare for his life after boxing.
Apart from his business interests in transport and cattle ranching and farming, Manyuchi is now into mining.
“Sport teaches you to plan ahead, see through the consequences of your act. You need to quickly assess the situation, adjust, adapt and act accordingly. Being flexible and not carry a fixed mind-set.
“It’s through sport that I have managed to learn how to invest in other businesses.
“So my third experience is to never give up. Sports teaches you to never give up. ‘Success is just round the bend’, being persistent, nothing is impossible. You never know how close you are to success when you give up.
“Sport is a great leveller – you lose one-day only to bounce back the next. No loss is permanent. Even a loss teaches you how not to do something, or how it could be done better. No setback is permanent, never should one lose hope,” Manyuchi said.
Manyuchi won the World Boxing Council (WBC) Silver title in 2016, before events took a nasty turn, culminating in the infamous first-round knock-out at the hands of Uzbek boxer Qudratillo Abduqaxorov on March 25, 2017 in Singapore.
Manyuchi has recovered from that and is now the WBF middleweight and WABA champion.
“Sport teaches you to focus on your strengths and abilities, not on your opponents’ strengths and capabilities,”
“Sport also teaches you that the process is more important than the result. If the process is right, success will soon ensue.
“And Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming,” he said.

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