By MICHAEL MIYOBA AND IRVIN MUYUMBWA
INTERCITY Boxing Academy plans to host an international boxing championship at Mulungushi International Conference Centre in Lusaka.
Intercity Boxing Academy director Francis Muchemwa said the boxing championship to be held in September with the theme “Knock Out Malaria” would feature boxers from foreign countries.
Muchemwa said K750,000 had been set as the total budget for the successful hosting of the boxing championship, which would be used to raise resources for the fight against malaria.
Muchemwa said some of the resources raised during the boxing championship would be used to buy mosquito nets, which would be donated to various communities.
He said the academy had so far raised K150,000 for its maiden boxing championship organised by the academy established two months ago.
Muchemwa urged the corporate world to collaborate with Intercity Boxing Academy in its quest to improve the standards of boxing in Zambia.
The international tournament will have a total of nine bouts, five of which will be supporting contests, four title bouts of which three are national titles.
For the first time in Zambia two of the title fights will involve female boxers while the main title bout will see Hilary Kataya, who won an elimination bout in Zimbabwe in May, facing a boxer from either South Africa or the United Kingdom.
And Intercity Boxing Academy Promoter Eddie Gowa is confident that the K600,000 deficit of the K750, 000 total budget will be raised before the tournament kicks off.
Gowa says the academy seeks to change the livelihood of boxers by ensuring that participants are rewarded with reasonable prizes that would sustain their survival as well as encourage more to take up boxing as a career.