By Don Makanyanga
Harare, October 14, 2016 – THE much-awaited World Boxing Council (WBC) non-title fight pitting Zimbabwe’s Charles Manyuchi and opponent Jose Agustin Julio Feria of Colombia is on this Friday at the Harare International Conference Centre in the capital.
The non-title bout is the first home fight for the WBC silver welterweight champion and much is expected when he takes to the ring at 22:20hrs.
The two boxers will square off in an eight round bout.
Manyuchi will use the non-title bout as a preparatory match for his mandatory rematch against Dmitry Mikhaylenko of Russia in a bid to defend his WBC silver welterweight title. The fight is set for November 4 in Moscow this year.
The Manyuchi-Feria bout is the main bout of the eight lined fights set for Friday night.
As part of WBC requisites, the fighters went through the vetting process of weighing at a local restaurant in the capital on Thursday with the 33-year-old Colombian born boxer taking to the scale in which he weighed 65,9kgs.
He was 0,7kgs below the required weight for the welterweight.
Manyuchi was close, surpassing the required mass as he weighed 66.4kgs.
Manyuchi has told the media he was ready to teach the Colombian a boxing lesson, with the South American telling his opponent that he should brace for a surprise Friday evening.
To mark the historic fight in Zimbabwean sporting history will be the WBC international title fight between defending champion, Lolitha Mzeya of Zambia and Agness Mtimaukanena of Malawi.