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28/01/2014 00:00:00
by Agencies

YOU may not have heard much of Tamuka Mucha (full name Tamuka Muchapondwa) but the Zimbabwe-born fighter is highly confident that he will be the welterweight on everyone’s lips come the end of 2014.

The (6-0, 1KO) prospect now based in Reading makes his debut on Sky Sports this Saturday with a four-round contest on Matchroom’s ‘Reloaded’ bill in Cardiff headlined by the European Featherweight title clash between Lee Selby and Rendall Munroe.

Mucha, 20, who made his debut on a show featuring Tyson Fury in 2011 wasn’t exactly short of confidence when he spoke to Livefight recently.

“I definitely think after [Matchroom Boxing Promoter] Eddie Hearn has seen what I bring to the table [this Saturday] he will see me as the type of fighter that he’ll want to have on his shows more often.

“On Feb 1 it will be my opportunity to go out and present myself as a real welterweight prospect and to do it on a big Matchroom show on Sky is the best opportunity for me to show that I stand out from the rest.”

And despite being a relevant novice in the professional ranks and having never been past six rounds, his brashness took him into talking about predictions for 2014.

“I’ve been talking to my manager, Chris Sanigar and I expect by the end of this year to have picked up a significant title like the Southern Area or the British title.

“I’m not going to call anyone out all I’ll say is whoever is put in front of me I’ll be willing to face. There’s good young prospects coming up.

“I’m not sure who’s got all the titles but I do know Frankie Gavin has defended his British title three times already so I know he’ll be looking to make it vacant and whatever person gets that shot is the person I will have my eye on.”

Fighting on Sky Sports and predicting title wins is a far cry from the 11-year-old who left a testing lifestyle behind him in Harare and then moved to the U.K in 2004.

Despite having an interest in business studies, school didn’t grab the interest of Mucha. The boxing bug soon bit but only after having to deal with a problem that professional fighters face on a weekly basis.
“I went to boxing to lose weight!” he recalled.

“And once I did I won a title, it was a 67kg novice title in my first year at boxing which I won when I was 16. That motivated me to keep going then a few years later I won the Junior ABA championship.


“Boxing was the only sport that I was ever interested in because it is a one-to-one combat sport and there was no-one else to blame if I fail and if I turned professional.

“I always thought boxing was the best sport for me because it can give me the best showcase to show how good I am because it’s a one-to-one sport. Other than boxing I’ve a big interest in business. I did a part-time University course in Business Management and that’s the direction I’d like to go in after boxing.”

A familiar direction he would like to go back in is back to Zimbabwe.

Mucha says that thanks to the London 2012 Olympics, and particularly the success stories of gold medallists Anthony Joshua and Luke Campbell, boxing is beginning to finds its feet in his homeland. And Mucha harbours an ambition to fight in his home country once he becomes a success story of his own.

“I remember in Zimbabwe we lived a tough life. Things were changing, inflation was rising, poverty was increasing in the country and life was becoming tougher and people were struggling to make ends meet.

“And because of all that I’m interested in bringing big fights to Zimbabwe and putting the country on the map and putting the sport of boxing on the map too because it’s not really a recognised sport over there but I think if I make a big enough name for myself I can go out there and make a name for the sport and encourage more people to take it on.

“As we’re speaking now a lot more people are taking on boxing on and more people are becoming interested in it.”

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