[By Bright Tembo]
BARELY months of being in the game of boxing, the Interxity Boxing Academy has been given a certificate of recognition by the World Professional Boxing Federation and the United States Boxing Council.
WPBF is an international sanctioning body that sanctions professional boxing matches and awards the WPBF world championship title and subordinate championship title.
It is dedicated to promoting and serving the sport of professional boxing and to implementing uniform safety measures, computerised rankings system and uniform procedures for the protection of professional boxers as well as the conduct of championship matches and implementing fairness.
Briefing the press in Lusaka, Academy director Mubanga Tembo said the recognition will help the academy also offer an olive branch to other boxing promoters in the country in terms of organising fights.
“We have been recognised as the official promoter. What it entails is that locally we will be in charge of people that want to stage international fights. They have to collaborate with us. We are more like a supervisory body,” he said.
However, Tembo said the academy was also swimming in not so safe waters with meeting the total budget to stage the Kick Out HIV/AIDS boxing tournament.
“The budget of Kick Out HIV and AIDS boxing tournament slated for 14th of December is swimming in not safe waters because so far we have raised K213,000 out of the K500,000 for us to host the successful tournament and we are confident that we will raise the balance because we are still in talks with sponsors,” said Tembo.
Academy coach Francis Galagata Zulu says all the boxers are ready for the fight.
“All my boxers are ready for the fight because they have been in camp for more than six months. They are ready 100 per cent and I urge them to be focused and win titles because it is the titles that will make them better boxers,” said Galagata.