By Michael Kariati
Harare, October 11, 2013 – Zimbabwean boxer, Tapiwa Tembo, and Zambia’s Gibson Kamota, who will fight for the vacant World Boxing Union (WBU) bantamweight title at the City Sports Centre at the end of this month have been offered a paltry $2 500 each for such a big fight.
Although promoter Clyde Musonda of Delta Force Boxing Promotions refused to disclose how much each boxer will get, sources close to the organisers and the boxers themselves have confirmed they have been offered only $2 500 each which is nothing compared to the big monies that those who fight for such prestigious belts get.
According to information obtained by Radio VOP, the boxers have already signed the contracts to fight and the belt is already in Zimbabwe after being brought from Germany.
The WBU bantamweight title fell vacant after the then German holder of the belt was stripped of the title after failing to defend the title within the mandatory 90 days, forcing the two top contenders to be roped in to fight.
In fact, the organisers had set themselves a budget of $90 000 but this has been reduced to $50 000 as sponsors for the fight have been hard to come by.
Delta Force, the Zimbabwean promoters are footing the bill for the bout slotted for October 26. There are also six other supporting fights on the undercard for whom the promoters are also obliged to pay the boxers. Musonda told Radio VOP that the world title bout will go a long way in changing the face of Zimbabwean boxing which has suffered a heavy decline over the past years due to the non-staging of both local and international fights.
Tembo is confident he will win the WBU title.
“It was my dream when I was young to fight for a world title. Now that the opportunity has come, I cannot let the belt slip through my fingers,” said the South African based Zimbabwean boxer.
Should Tembo win the title, he will become the second Zimbabwean boxer this year to win a recognised international title following Charles Manyuchi’s victory in the welterweight Africa Boxing Union title in July after knocking down Burkina Faso’s Patrice Sou Toke.