Manyuchi expects easy title defence

World Boxing Council silver welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi (above) of Zimbabwe will be taking on Asian boxer Qudratillo Abduqaxorov of Uzbekistan in the 66.7kg division at the OCBC Arena next Saturday.
World Boxing Council silver welterweight champion Charles Manyuchi (above) of Zimbabwe will be taking on Asian boxer Qudratillo Abduqaxorov of Uzbekistan in the 66.7kg division at the OCBC Arena next Saturday.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

This may be Charles Manyuchi's first visit to Singapore but the World Boxing Council (WBC) silver welterweight champion has no intention of going sightseeing.

Instead, the 27-year-old Zimbabwean has only one goal when he steps into the ring next Saturday in the main event of the WBC-sanctioned Battle of the Champions: Road to Glory, organised by Cartel International Promotions.

Manyuchi, who has a professional record of 20 wins, 2 losses, and a draw, takes on rising Asian boxer Qudratillo Abduqaxorov of Uzbekistan in the 66.7kg division at the OCBC Arena.

Manyuchi said at yesterday's press conference held at LeVeL33 at Marina Bay Financial Centre: "I am not here to play, I'm here for the fight. I'm not here for a holiday, I'm here for business."

He won his title via a unanimous-points decision over Russian boxer Dmitry Mikhaylenko last year.

Despite his challenger's - the 23-year-old Abduqaxorov has won all 10 of his career bouts - impressive form, the 1.75m tall Manyuchi was in confident mood.

He said: "I'm going back with my belt as the champion. I am fighting someone with no history, he was fighting useless boxers."

Also in action on that night's other fight cards is Darryl Edmund Kho, who will be making his professional debut.

The 32-year-old Singaporean will face Malaysian Ridzuan Dahari in the light heavyweight category.

Kho, who has a background in martial arts, said: "I train twice a day. I fought in the light heavyweight a few times before so I think I can take the punches."

The last time Singapore hosted a major world-title fight was when Indonesian Chris John defended his World Boxing Association world featherweight belt at the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre in November 2012.

Tickets can be purchased at www.sportshubtix.sg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 17, 2017, with the headline 'Manyuchi expects easy title defence'. Print Edition | Subscribe