Donga to defend middleweight title

Sukoluhle Mthethwa



ZIMBABWE’S middleweight boxing champion Mordecai Donga is billed to defend his light middleweight title tomorrow in a boxing fiesta that has bee

n organised by Fly High Boxing Academy at Magamba Hall in Harare’s Warren Park 1 suburb.


Six professional fights and two ladies’ bouts are pencilled in for the tournament dubbed the “Return of Real Boxing”.


Donga, who has been the light-middleweight champion since 2003, will face contender Livingstone Kachigwada in a 12-round fight.


Donga believes he will still be able to retain his title tomorrow.


“I want to retain my title,” Donga said. “So I am training very hard and am looking forward to the fight.”


He also said that he would go into the fight cautiously although he has won many other professional fights before.


“Every fight is a new one,” Donga said. “I will go into the fight with a cautious approach. I do not want to be over-confident.”


Donga is among the most promising boxers to emerge from Zimbabwe over the last few years.


He also holds the middleweight title that he won in 2004 after beating one of the most prominent boxers, former middleweight champion Ambrose Mlilo.


Mlilo had held the middleweight title for a decade and he immediately retired after that fight.


Donga last fought in May against Tineyi Mharidzo at the Harare International Conference Centre, but remained optimistic his inactivity in the sport for the past few months would not affect him.


“I now have the experience,” Donga said.” I will use the experience that I have gained from other fights when I fight him.”


Last year Donga insisted that all boxers who fought him should produce their HIV and Aids status proof. He indicated that he would not fight should there be no proof of status.


“I spoke to the secretary and the coaches,” said Donga. “They should show me proof that the boxer is HIV-negative before I fight him. If I do not see it I will not fight.”


In another 12-round lightweight title fight, champion Wellington Phiri faces a challenge from Isaac Phonkeni.


A non-title featherweight four-round contest will feature Chamu Nyamusoka against Kudakwashe Chikuvira, while John Pepa takes on Tineo Mharidzo in a six-round non-title middleweight bout. Farai Kachigwada faces Edward Nhundu in another non-title middleweight contest.


The ladies bouts will see Wadzania Magombo against Pamela Camphili. Nyasha Maguti will take on Rumbidzai Dube.