Africa Boxing Meet: Changalawe targets gold

BIRMINGHAM Commonwealth Games boxing’s bronze medalist Yusuf Changalawe is upbeat Tanzania will sparkle in the African Boxing Championships to be held in Yaounde, Cameroon.

The boxing championship will run from July 25th to August 6th this year.

The Tanzanian light-heavyweight boxer aims to win a gold medal in Yaounde to emulate Willy Isangura. Isangura won a gold medal in the 1983 African boxing championships held in Kampala, Uganda.

“I learned much at the Commonwealth Games and I will improve this season. I am confidently heading to Yaounde. My opponent from Scotland was the toughest boxer I have met in the ring so far,” says Changalawe.

Changalawe added that he sees no opponents to stop him from winning the gold medal in Yaounde.

“I know all the African boxers; we are used to each other. The most imperative thing is to prepare well to do a good job in Yaounde.”

Changalawe is the only senior boxer in the Tanzanian team to play in the forthcoming games. As the squad comprises 12 new boxers, ten men and two women are preparing for the games.

Tanzania won three medals in the Club Games of Birmingham. Kassim Mbundwike and Changalawe won bronze medals while marathoner Alphonce Simbu claimed a silver medal

“The newly minted boxers are well-prepared. They will surprise people despite their lack of experience in such big competitions,” Changalawe noted.

Changalawe began his national team representation in 2017. His first major competition was at the 2019 World Military Games in China.

The following year he participated in the African Olympic Games in Dakar, Senegal and reached the quarter-finals.

“My father (Michael Changalawe) encouraged me to start boxing. He was also my coach. I thank him very much because boxing has greatly changed my life.”

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