Zimbabwe’s former top Commonwealth Flyweight Boxing Champion Alfonso Zvenyika, is living in wretched poverty following his exclusion from the privileged list of national boxers.
Zvenyika became popular in 1998 after knocking out a Scottish boxer Paul Weir in a Flyweight Common Wealth boxing title which was held in Scotland.
The former boxing champion is now looking after eight children from five failed marriages, with three of his wives, having opted to return to their parents’ homes after having failed to cope with the current misfortunes bedeviling the former champion boxer.
In an interview with ZimEye at his home in Mbare, the former boxing champion narrated his life which is now in limbo.
Mosquito dispelled speculation of ill health as the cause of his demise from the sport of his life. I had a serious injury during my last fight in 2000 in Zambia, so the Zimbabwe boxing Federation decided to give me a boxing promoter’s license to start coaching instead of being involved as a fighter, said Zvenyika.
He also added that his life and upkeep deteriorated due to poor income in his training activities which attract a few interested individuals.
When ZimEye visited the boxer‘s home in Mbare, he was not shy to expose his situation that needs urgent attention from boxing fans. Zvenyika’s life is now desperate and does not resemble that of a person who once lifted the Zimbabwean flag high overseas.
His personal training kits are in a sorry state and need urgent attention, but that doesn’t deter him from performing his training sessions. Last year, Fred Frank paid the former boxer’s electricity bill which was for a whole eleven years.
He is now regarded as the ambassador of boxing in Mbare and even offers free training to children in and around the township.
Meanwhile, residents in his neighbourhood are appealing for well wishers to assist the once famous man to restore his lost pride.
Zvenyika also appeals to the Government to assist him and also to honour him for raising the Zimbabwean flag high during his hey days.
The boxer’s life is in mess and needs total face-lift from well wishers since he is currently staying at his parents house with a number of children from several broken marriages.
Source: Zim Eye