Chimwemwe ‘Rhino’ Chiotcha is in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on a military mission but his mind, it seems, is focused on boxing. The hard punching pugilist has challenged Super middleweight belt holder Briane Mwando to a title fight.
Chiotcha, a Malawi Defence Force (MDF) soldier, has been abroad on peacekeeping mission for a year and he is expected to return next week.
He said he wants to re- introduce his name in the boxing industry by winning the belt.
“Let me warn Briane that I am coming to take his belt. The ‘Rhino’ is coming back,” he said.
Justifying his readiness for the fight, Chiotcha said, while in DRC he has been taking his time to undergo boxing training.
“There are a lot of boxers from peacekeeping teams from Bangladesh, South Africa and India. I have learnt a lot from them,” he said.
Chiotcha appealed to promoters willing to organise the fight to come forth.
“If there is anybody ready to promote let him or her do so… mumudziwitsenso Mwando kuti ngati kale ndimamenya mwa nkhanza, ndaonjezera nkhanza zina kuno [tell Mwando that I am more ruthless now than before],” he said.
Mwando has welcomed Chiotcha’s challenge, saying he is ready for him.
“But I doubt if he is ready. Is he in DRC for military operation or boxing? Anyway, let him come and we will see,” he said.
Mwando said his challenge is timely as he expects to defend his title this month.
“My team is already working on a bout so I can defend my title. Let’s hope they fix it with him if there is still time to do so,” the Malawi-based Zimbabwean boxer said.
The last time Chiotcha and Mwando squared off, the latter won on technical knockout. n