Dare not under-estimate me- Take Money

Shelly Guni

After successfully defending her World Boxing Council (WBC) superbantamweight title against Zulina Munoz on October 14, 2022, Kudakwashe Chiwandire cautioned her future opponents not to underestimate her as she plans to dominate the division for years to come.

The stylish and sharp-knuckled Chiwandire defended her title with relative ease against the somewhat sluggish Munoz through a unanimous judges’ decision during a well-attended match at the Harare International Conference Centre (HICC).

And just like an alligator stubbornly protecting its territory in predator-infested waters, Chiwandire equally habours no ambitions to part ways with her coveted title as she now prepares for the bigger stage.

Chiwandire will be facing Yamileth Mercado from Mexico in a WBC main title.

Mercado has been holding the WBC female super bantamweight title since 2019

“It was a good fight for me, I knew that I was going to win coming into the fight. Me and my team prepared well from the beginning and were always ready.

“But I still believe that I can fight much better than I did, there is still more room for improvement and I know I can do far better.

“I am surely going to become the best boxer in this division and all my future opponents should not think of underestimating me for one minute. I have proven my worth,” said a confident Chiwandire.

Currently boasting an impressive record of five wins and two losses and a draw from eight fights, said she is now targeting the WBC main belt.

“I defeated Cathrine Phiri who is a three time champion, went on to defeat Munoz a five time champion, in as much as I was fighting for the title, I also gained a lot of experience from these two.

“This now makes a big statement to all the opponents that are going to come my way.

“I think the other thing that makes me to say all this is because I always study my opponents and rate myself high.

“The way I train makes me to be confident in all I do.”

During the match, there was a time Chiwandire fell.  She explains: “Munoz stepped on my front foot which was still in the air, I lost my balance and the only option there was to fall. The referee didn’t score anything on that. I don’t fall easily like I said.”

 Chiwandire’s fight against Zulina was postponed twice due to logistical challenges, something which she said affected her mental strength.

“Honestly, I cant say I wasn’t fit during that game. My mental health was affected by everything thatw was going on, I had lost hope, I didn’t know if the fight was still going on or not. I was just living.

“So when I was finally told that it was on, I didn’t know what to do due to the previous experiences where the match as postponed in the 11th minute.

“I can do much more that that. And I will do better next time.”

There was a point after the seventh round when Chiwandire was heard saying to her trainer, “Murikungondisimbisa apa,”

“I wanted to know where I stand, they kept telling me that we were in, I wanted to be sure and to know what to do next, usually after the fourth round you would know if you are winning or not, after another 4 rounds you also need to know so that if you are trailing, you will have to knock the opponent down.

“I don’t give up so easily. Even when the worst comes to the worst, I will fight until the final bell.”