Hannock Phiri to spar in Zimbabwe for ‘Knock-out Suicide’
National light welterweight champion Hannock Phiri is expected to spar against reputable Zimbabwean boxers in Harare ahead of his title defence against South Africa-based Malawian challenger Dennis Mwale.
The two will meet in a 12-round title contest at Kamuzu University of Health Sciences (Kuhes) Sports Complex on April 28.
The pair is the main cast on ‘Knock-out Suicide’ bill which will attract boxers from Tanzania and DR Congo.
Currently, the organisers, Kuhes Sports Complex, are finalising logistics to include an international belt for Phiri and Mwale vie for.
Phiri said he was delighted after his requested had been approved.
“This is a high profile fight. I need to prepare thoroughly to retain my national belt and also add a reputable international title. Sparring in Zimbabwe against top boxers will help me fine tune,” Phiri, who recently stopped Tanzanian Adam Lazaro in an eight-round light super lightweight, said.
Kuhes Sports Complex Sports Administrator Geoffrey Biya said they wanted Phiri to spar against new faces.
“He has enough sparring partners here at home but we feel we should give him a new test. He needs to work with unfamiliar training partners to improve his game,” he said.
Phiri, 24, has six wins, two defeats and a draw while Mwale, 31, has nine wins and five defeats.