FORMER world heavyweight boxing champion, Evander Holyfield has said he is eager to meet Zimbabwean superstar Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi and see the Katekwe maestro perform at London’s O2 arena tonight.
Holyfield, who has been in London for the 2012 Olympic Games, is on a UK-wide campaign against youth crime and domestic violence.
His UK host and spokesperson, Steven French, said the boxing legend was “both excited and honoured” to be meeting fellow humanitarian, Mtukudzi, who is a Unicef ambassodor.
“Organisers of the show have requested Evander to come as a guest of honour to Mtukudzi’s performance, but really, Evander feels priviledged to be afforded this opportunity,” French said.
“We are aware of the work Mtukudzi has done to give a voice to vulnerable communities such as children, women and orphans the world over. Such a cause is no different from the work that our organisation Kizuna Increase Peace Trust advocates for, and which Evander is a patron to,” French, himself a former British and World Kickboxing champion, added.
Holyfield recently announced his plans to return to the ring with a fight planned against Ray Mecer in South Africa next February, at the ripe age of 49.
Meanwhile, Mtukudzi touched down in London with his group ahead of tonight’s show. For the gig, Tuku will be supported by three leading female musicians of Zimbabwean heritage in the form of Shingai Shonhiwa of the Pop group Noisettes; Afro-Jazz songstresses Busi Ncube, and Prudence Katomeni-Mbofana.