Gilbert Munetsi in LUSAKA,Zambia
SHE’S done it !!!
One of Zimbabwe’s top female boxers Kudakwashe”Take-Money”Chiwandire on Saturday night rose from being an underdog to pull off one of the biggest upsets in boxing history when she outclassed former world champion Cathrine Phiri (16-5-0;KO10) to be crowned the new World Boxing Council (WBC) interim super bantamweight champion.
Chiwandire (26) adopts the legacy of having attained the highest level by a local boxer to date, surpassing achievements of other notable pugilists like the late Proud “Kilimanjaro” Chinembiri (former All-Africa heavyweight champion), Arifonso “Mosquito” Zvenyika (former Commonwealth champion) and, lately, Charles Manyuchi (past WBC silver champion).
The latter’s record of at one time having won and successfully defended the WBC championship has been overshadowed by Chiwandire’s title which is a notch higher. “Take Money”is now eligible to challenge the world’s best boxer in her division for the gold.
The WBC is rated the top-most global boxing sanction body and in boxing spheres, carrying their strap is akin to”royalty.”
According to the scorecards released after the match, judge Lymedte Onam from Kenya scored the contest 92-98 and Thandi Ngodwame (South Africa) the same in favour of Chiwandire.