African boxers will get another chance to test their skills against England’s finest when latest installment of Team Africa vs. Team UK hits the Harare International Convention Centre on July 13.
The format first took place in Manchester last year and proved a resounding success, and Saul Loggenberg of organisers Kalakoda Promotions is in no doubt that the Friday’s event will further surpass expectations.
“We piloted this concept with great success in Manchester last year, taking a team of five Africa boxers — many who had never been on a plane before, let alone left Africa — to represent the continent in a best-of-five team format,” he said.
“The response was overwhelming, fueling the move for a follow-up event in Austria this year, which drew interest from across the continent and proved that given the platform and opportunity, African athletes can perform at the highest level and be world beaters.”
The fight card is headlined by Democratic of Congo Super Welterweight prospect Emmany Kalombo, who takes on the very experienced Mark Thompson for the WBF Intercontinental title.
This provides the Congolese fighter a chance to further test his mettle against UK competition, and will be a great gauge as to where he rates in class globally.
The co-main event sees Stacey Copeland take on the durable Mapule Ngubane for the Super Welterweight Commonwealth title, while Wesley ‘White Lion’ McDade and Tapiwa Tembo add more Zimbabwean flavor to Team Africa.