Zimbabwean boxing star Kudakwashe Chiwandire retained her World Boxing Council (WBC) interim super bantamweight title after a unanimous points decision win over Mexico’s Zulina Munoz at the Harare International Conference (HICC) on Friday evening.
The victory took Chiwandire one step closer towards challenging for the WBC super bantamweight gold title, which is in the hands of Yamileth Mercado, also of Mexico.
Chiwandire, who is popularly known as “Take Money”, knocked down her opponent in the fourth and fifth rounds and ultimately won a unanimous decision after 10 rounds.
All three judges scored the fight 96-92, 98-89 and 100-86 in favour of the Zimbabwean.
“I want to thank Zimbabweans for their support. At first I thought it was going to be an easy fight but it was a very tough fight. Munoz is a very experienced fighter and I owe it to the home support,” an elated Chiwandire said after the fight.
“I really felt motivated with the support that I got from Zimbabweans. I promise to continue raising the country’s flag higher. I want to continue scaling higher in boxing.”
Buoyed on by a huge crowd, Chiwandire dominated the first five rounds with perfect combinations and pinpoint uppercuts as she gunned for a knockout.
The experienced Munoz fought back strongly, especially in the seventh, eighth and ninth rounds but Chiwandire held on for an impressive victory which takes her record to six wins, two losses and one draw from eight bouts.
Take Money walked away with the US $20 000 purse money whilst the Deputy Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation Tino Machakaire pledged a total of US $10 000.
Chiwandire also bagged another US$1000 which had been offered by South Africa-based leading funeral and repatriations service provider Zororo-Phumulani ahead of the fight in addition to other endorsement revenue, pledged by local well-wishers.
#Boxing And still! Kudakwashe Chiwandire 🇿🇼 (6-2-1) venció a la ex campeona mundial Zulina Muñoz 🇲🇽 (53-5-2) y defendió su título interino WBC super gallo. Fue por decisión unánime. Fuente 📷: Zimsportlive pic.twitter.com/tLAb2VQjum
— Female Boxing News (@BoxingFemNews) October 14, 2022