A Zimbabwean but Zambian based boxer Charles Manyuchi on Friday silently sneaked out of the Malawi ahead of his much publicized international fight against Malawian boxer Chimwemwe Chiotcha on Sunday May 26th, 2013.
The bout was being organized under the Mulanje Last Boxing Promotion and was scheduled to take place at the BAT ground in the commercial City of Blantyre.
But Nyasa Times understands that the Zimbabwean boxer and his trainers left the country on Friday evening without informing anybody.
Manyuchi’s promoter Chris Malunga accused promoter of the bout Mike Chitenje of giving the visiting boxer and his team ill treatment.
“That promoter is not a good guy. He delayed the contractual form and we feared for the worst. He was ill treating us. He accommodated us at a motel which was equal to a brothel. We are professionals and we
can’t allow to be ill treated” Malunga is quoted in the Sunday Times.
But, Chitenje when contacted by the same paper refuted Malunga’s claim and described them as baseless.
“They raised several issues on Thursday. Firstly they wanted to select the judges and referee to handle the fight. On Friday they then brought up a different version saying that Manyuchi had been fighting intensively and will only be able to compete in six rounds not 10 or eight rounds” Chitenje
He added: “After that they questioned about weight difference yet by then we had not done the official weigh in. then they asked me to refund them their fuel allowance of which I did”.
Chitenje also revealed that the boxer wanted to get paid in advance and in United States currency.
“They came up with a ridiculous contractual fee which was different from the one I offered in the contract. They demanded $1, 000 dollars and I was given two hours to pay them. Within an hour I raised the fee and when I contacted them they said we should meet on Saturday morning only to discover that they had disappeared” Chitenje told Sunday Times.
Commenting on the matter, Malawi Professional Boxing Control Chairman Lonzo Zimba expressed disappointment with the development and vowed to launch investigations.
About a month ago, Manyuchi defeated Malawian Osgood Kayuni on unanimous points decision in a Catch Weight fight scheduled in Zambia.
He is expected to take part at the African Boxing Union title to be staged in Burkina Faso in August this year.
Meanwhile, Osgood ‘Punisher’ Kayuni once again showed his prodigious punching power to defeat rival Wilson ‘Hard-hitter’ Masamba on points in an eight-round non-title bout held at Summit Leisure Centre in Lilongwe on Saturday (May 25) .
One of the judges declared the bout a draw but two of the three judges ruled 79-73 and 80-73 in favour of Kayuni with the third scoring 73-73.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :