ZIMBABWE’S heavyweight boxing champion Thamsanqa Dube has refused to fight Francis “Nkalakatha” Zulu of Zambia after rejecting the paltry US$300 prize money offered by Zambian promoters.
align=justify>The 10-round contest that had been initially set for September 30 was later postponed to October 22 in Lusaka.
“I was supposed to fight Zulu this weekend but I am no longer going to. I have even stopped training for the fight because I have not received the contract and the prize money is little,’’ he said.
Dube also said that the money was not enough considering that the Zimbabwe Board of Boxing Control would also deduct part of the money he receives.
“The board also takes a certain amount of money, so with what has been promised, it is best that I do not go,’’ Dube said.
He also said he had rejected the offer because he was also supposed to fund the trip.
“It is very expensive as I have to travel and I also have to cater for my food as well as accommodation,” he said.
Dube also lamented the lack of professionalism by the organisers, which resulted in the bill being cancelled on numerous occasions.
“They have postponed the fight five times,” said Dude. “When the date of the bill draws near, they would postpone the fight and it really affects me because of the effort that I would have put when I am training.”
Dube had a good start to the year after he knocked out another Zambian Joseph “Ramos” Phiri in a 12-round contest. The bill was held at the Bulawayo Polytechnic College on New Year’s Day.
Dube is one of the best boxers to emerge from Zimbabwe. He has no competition locally as he has run out of challengers in his weight
“I do not have any competition in the country as I have beaten many boxers in my weight category and it has been a big disadvantage to me as I do not fight as much as I would like to,” Dube said.
The Zimbabwe Board of Boxing Control secretary, Patrick Mukondiwa also took a swipe at the organisers of the bill for not sending the contract for the Zambian fight on time.
“These guys should have sent Thamsanqa the contract,” said Mukondiwa.
“If they did not do so, it would be difficult for him to go ahead and fight Zulu.”
He also said that if the contract had been sent it would have been wise for Dube to take part as it would have given him exposure on the international scene.
“The money that he had been promised is not bad. It would have been good for him to go as it would have given him more exposure which he still needs,” he said.
However, two other Zimbabwean boxers will take part in bouts scheduled in Zambia. Zimbabwe will be represented by Gibson Mapfumo and female boxer Patience Master.
Mapfumo takes on Mike Chilambe in the light heavyweight category. Chilambe is the light heavyweight champion in Zambia.