Zim’s first female boxer raring to go

Sibanda will be under the guidance of Zambian trainer-manager Anthony Mwamba under a deal that was sealed in Harare when the latter paid a visit to the country last month.

She will take on Njeri at Nyao Stadium, Nairobi, in a bout that will earn her a US$400 purse.

Thereafter, she is pencilled in to face that country’s women champion, Congestina Achieng, who beat her in the fourth round of an eight-rounder late last year.

Achieng is from the Atomic Bomb Boxing Productions stable, and is the current holder of the Intercontinental World Boxing Foundation title.

Sibanda early this year had to seek the intervention of the Ministry of Education, Sport and Culture to be accorded professional status as there is no statutory instrument under the country’s boxing act that allows lady boxers to turn pro.

Shepherd Chiware, the managing director of S. Chiware Sports Consultancy, the company that is managing the Zimbabwean boxer’s affairs said Sibanda had departed for Zambia in the company of an official from his firm, and would immediately embark on a two-week polishing-up programme designed by Mwamba.

“We have since been issued with a clearance letter by the local boxing board addressed to the Kenya Professional Boxing Commission (KPBC) and with all the paper-work having been completed, we are just waiting for the day of the match.

“This time around we are dealing with a different promoter (JabJab Promotions), a different opponent and venue, so there are no ghosts that will appear to haunt Monalisa”, Chiware said.

Meanwhile, yet another international boxing tournament is on the cards with Zimbabwe’s cruiserweight champion, Gibson Mapfumo, taking on Mike Chilambe in an African Boxing Union (ABU) title fight.

Mapfumo has of late been on the roll with successive victories over a local opponent for the national title as well as a rollover in a bout against Zambia’s Misozi Kamanga at Chingoli early this year.

Farai Master also of Zimbabwe will provide the support bout when he locks horns with John Chibuta, according to the organisers.

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