8 November 2012

Zambia: Kampamba Eyes Ibo Title

ZAMBIA'S Donald Kampamba says he is excited with the fight against South Africa's local star Ryno Liebengerb for the International Boxing Organisation (IBO) All-Africa light-heavyweight title set for Emperors Palace in Johannesburg.

Kampamba's fight against the South African will be a supporting bout to the final of the Last Man Standing Super 8 cruiserweight series between Thabiso Mchunu and Danie Venter.

He said in an interview from South Africa yesterday that he was ready for the title fight and was confident of emerging champion.

"I have had good preparations ahead of this fight. I know it will be a tough one but I have prepared well to win it," a confident Kampamba, who is accompanied by his coach William Sekeleti, said.

Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions operations manager Chris Malunga said the boxer was in fine shape to challenge and win the IBO title fight.

He described the prospect of Kampamba challenging for the IBO title as a good opportunity which the boxer should seize.

Malunga said Kampamba was looking sharp in training and was confident of returning to Zambia with the medal.

Five bouts have been scheduled for the tournament at Emperors Palace, near Kempton Park, and three would be televised live on SuperSport.

These include Tommy Oosthuizen, who is set to defend his IBO super-middleweight title against Fulgencio Zuniga, a Colombian.

Another promising match-up is between Edrin Dapudong of the Philippines and South Africa's Gideon Buthelezi. They meet for the vacant IBO junior bantamweight title.

The other bout is a four-rounder between junior welterweights Vusi Balinkulu and Allan Bower.

The other fight to be shown on Supersport will be between Wladimir Klitschko who is set to defend his collection of heavyweight belts in Hamburg, Germany.

Klitschko is scheduled to defend his WBO, IBF, IBO and WBA heavyweight titles against Poland's Mariusz Wach, who is 2.02 metres tall.

Meanwhile, World Professional Boxing Federation bantamweight champion, Catherine Phiri, who is on holiday in South Africa which would be followed with a training camp either in Johannesburg or the United States of America, said the vacation would do her good ahead of her title defence.

Phiri, who is set to defend her title against Filipino Norji Guro on February 2 next year at Government Complex in Lusaka, said from South Africa that meeting different boxers and training with them would greatly help her prepare for the fight.

"I am enjoying my stay here and I have been meeting with different boxers whom I am sure I will learn something from as I prepare for my fight," she said.

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