In suit is Jim Mpalale, boxing president, Mabvongwe number 4 from right
ZAKA – Chinorumba-based amateur welter weight boxer, Freeman Mabvongwe has recorded yet another tremendous performance in Lusaka, Zambia although overall, his team was outperformed by the hosts in an international amateur’s tournament.
The tournament was organised by Mr. T 35 and Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions as part of Charles Manyuchi’s send off ceremony ahead of his WBC Silver Welterweight title defence against Uzbek challenger, Qudratilo Abduquxorov in Singapore on March 25, 2017.
Out of the eight-man team which participated in different categories, Mabvongwe of Chinorumba High School and Brandon Dani performed the best.
Boxing President, Jim Mpalale was pleased with Mabvongwe’s performance in Lusaka although the team was outcompeted on overall.
Mpalele praised his team’s hard work and praised Mabvongwe whom he said had a bright boxing career ahead of him.
“His act was good. He had a tough but very good fight which he won. In Zimbabwe, he has always been winning his matches but the level of local opposition has not been as tough as what he encountered in Zambia.
“The Zambians were nonetheless shocked by Mabvongwe’s way of boxing, flamboyance and hard punching,” said Mpalele.
“Manyuchi’s manager, Chris Malunga was so impressed by Mabvongwe that he predicted a world class champion in him. By the way, Malunga has four current world champions in his stable and I believed him when he said he saw a world champion in Mabvongwe,” said Mpalale.
The team will also compete against the Zambians in a return league in Victoria Falls as they prepare for a Zone 4 bout to be held in Angola.
In December 2016, Mabvongwe bagged bronze in the amateur Africa United Southern Country welterweight games in Angola.sport