National junior welterweight champion, Osgood Kayuni, left the country yesterday for Lusaka, Zambia, where he will fight Zimbabwean Charles Manyuchi in a non-title fight on Saturday.
He left by road from Lilongwe and was expected to arrive last night.
Before departing, Kayuni said he is well prepared for the fight, which is set to be beamed on TV across the world.
“I have done all the necessary preparation for this bout and I promise to get victory in Zambia.
“Many thanks should go to my employers, Malawi Defence Force, for their timely clearance that allowed me thorough preparations as well as all people that have helped me,” he said.
The fight has been organised by Zambia’s top boxing promotion agency, Oriental Boxing.
On Sunday, a famous leisure joint in Blantyre, Pa Squecy, donated an undisclosed amount of money to Kayuni to help him prepare for the fight.
The owner of the pub, Elia Mbale, made the donation to inspire Kayuni to do well in Zambia.
“We were approached and we felt it was important to donate the money as one way of motivating him. We know that pride of the nation is at stake and, as part of our corporate social responsibility, it is necessary to give back to the community,” he said.
Kayuni said he was humbled by the donation.
His fight will be the main supporting bout at Government Complex in Lusaka while his compatriot Agnes Mtimaukanena will date Zambian Lolita Muzeya.