Interim World Boxing Council (WBC) super bantamweight champion Kudakwashe “Take Money” Chiwandire is set to defend her title on home soil against Mexican fighter Zulina “The Wolf” Munoz in a fight penciled for the Harare International Conference Centre on August 20.
Chiwandire made history early this year when she became the first ever Zimbabwean pugilist to lay hands on a WBC belt after she saw off Zambian boxer Cathrine Phiri.
She is now set to defend the coveted interim WBC title before she challenges for the gold belt which is in the hands of another Mexican, Yamelith Mercado.
The Zimbabwean pugilist said she was on cloud nine as the title defense has been a dream come true.
“I am excited about this fight because I’m defending the title in Zimbabwe, something that has always been my dream as a boxer. As a mother, woman, and young lady, I hope the hosting of this event will continue to inspire more persons of the female gender regardless of their sporting discipline of choice,” said the 26 year old.
With eights fights to her name, ‘Take Money’ goes into this fight as an underdog, boasting of five wins (4 knockout victories), two losses and one draw against a former WBC international title holder who has been in the ring 57 times, winning 32 times (30 knockout wins), three losses and two draws.
In a speech read on her behalf by the Zimbabwe National Boxing and Wrestling Board Chief Executive Lawrence Zimbudzana, Sports Minister Kirsty Coventry said the event provided a platform for local fighters and was set to generate revenue through various ways.
“This event provides a platform for our fighters to face the best in the world and in the continent. There is possibility of a contribution to the generation of revenue through media rights, sponsorship, partnerships and live streaming.
“An estimated revenue of at least US$250 000 will be generated directly through tourism receipts and indirectly through other economic activities around this event,” said the Minister.
Chiwandire is bullish ahead of her encounter with the Mexican and said she was ready for her opponent as she had adequately prepared for the bout.
“There is nothing difficult about my opponent, nothing really. I started preparations in April as a part of a five month training programme,” said the interim WBC super-bantamweight title holder.
Delta Force promotions front runner and Take Money’s handler, Clyde Musonda confirmed that the fighter would get a better reward this time around as she would walk away with US$20 000 from the fight, which was more than what she got when she won the title.
The government has honored its word to have the pugilist’s title defense held on home soil.
This was revealed when she received US$ 15 000 from the President last month.
The fight dubbed “Fire in the Hole” will see pugilists from Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, the DRC, Botswana, Kenya and Malawi coming in as the supporting acts in two African Boxing Union bouts and a national title fight.