Colombian Jose Agustin Julio Feria and his team arrived in the country yesterday ahead of a non-title fight at the Harare International Conference Centre this Friday.
Addressing journalists through an interpreter Chris Malunga of Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions, Feria who is more comfortable communicating in Spanish, said,
I have not come here to play, but to put up a very good fight. I know that it will be a very contested fight, but I am looking forward to it. The people of Zimbabwe should come in big numbers to witness this fight. I am ready. It’s a challenge for me, but I’m looking forward to the fight.
Manyuchi was originally pencilled to fight Damien Martin of France in defence of his WBC Silver Welterweight title, but the Frenchman pulled out under unclear circumstances. The promoters then switched to Plan B and roped in the Colombian who arrived with an encouraging record that almost equals Manyuchi’s in terms of match returns.
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