Victoria Falls takes boxing leap

11 Feb, 2024 - 00:02 0 Views
Victoria Falls takes boxing leap Tobias Mupfuti, Victoria Falls Boxing Academy coach and director

The Sunday News

Nkosilathi Sibanda,Sports Reporter

THE Victoria Falls Boxing Academy is on course of training budding boxers to get as many chances on the ring, in a bid to help them turn professional and grow the sport in the resort city.

Established in 2013 by Tobias Mupfuti, the academy boasts of 35 boxers of different weight classifications in the youth and junior age categories. Some of the boxers have traded their punches in local tournaments and elsewhere in the region where they managed to win fights. Mupfuti, who is also the academy’s coach and director, said his vision was to help talented boxers realise their dreams in making it to the professional ranks.

“The dream of starting the academy was conceptualised in 2010 and came into fruition in 2013. We started with two boxers and now we have 35. The Victoria Falls Boxing Academy was launched with the aim of providing underprivileged youths in the city with an avenue to escape poverty and violence by nurturing their talents and equipping them with life skills through the sport.

“The vision behind this initiative is rooted in the belief that boxing can act as a powerful catalyst for social change and personal growth. By engaging young individuals in physical training, discipline, and mentoring, the academy seeks to instil values such as self-confidence, perseverance, and respect. Furthermore, it aspires to use boxing as a means of empowering the local community at large by sparking interest in sports tourism and attracting national and international attention to Victoria Falls,” he said.

Mupfuti had praises for some of his boxers.  “Some of our boxers from Victoria Falls Boxing Academy have absolutely rocked in big tournaments both in and outside the country. We have Lennox ‘The Hurricane’ Chigango. This guy is a force to be reckoned with inside the ring. He has brought home numerous titles and medals. And then we have Crein “The Beast” Moyo who has dominated his weight division like nobody’s business. Also there is Sean Pambeni and Bright Moyo who have represented the academy as far as Armenia. It is truly inspiring to see these fighters from Victoria Falls Boxing Academy making waves on such a grand scale. We will keep an eye on them because they are just getting started,” said the coach.

He said the academy has had its fair share of challenges and triumphs.

“We have celebrated many victories over the years. The academy has produced several successful boxers who have gone on to compete at national and international levels, bringing recognition and pride to the academy and the local community.

These achievements serve as a testament to the resilience and determination of the academy and its focus on providing quality training and support to its athletes.

“Another significant victory for the Victoria Falls Boxing Academy has been its impact on the local community. By providing a safe and structured environment for young people to learn and practice the sport, the academy has successfully diverted many from engaging in negative behaviour such as drug abuse and criminal activities. While challenges may continue to arise, it is clear that the Victoria Falls Boxing Academy remains steadfast in its commitment to producing skilled boxers and making a positive impact on the local community,” said Mupfuti.

The academy last year hosted a five-nation tournament right where boxers from Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and Namibia converged in the resort city.

“The Victoria Falls Boxing Academy has an exciting line up of activities and events for the year ahead. First, the academy is planning to organise various training camps and workshops for its members. These camps will be led by experienced trainers and coaches, providing the boxers with an opportunity to enhance their skills and techniques. The academy aims to focus on all aspects of boxing, including fitness, agility, and strategic game planning. With these training efforts, it aims to groom promising talent and produce top-class boxers who can compete at national and international levels,” he said. – @NkosieLegend

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