ZIMBABWEAN boxer Charles Manyuchi says he will prepare for the African Boxing Union welterweight title against Burkinabe Patrice Toke as though it were the last fight of his life.
Manyuchi, who has been signed under Oriental Quarries Boxing Promotions for three years, said he would not want to disappoint his stables and the Zambian fans.
Oriental Quarries operations manager Christopher Malunga on Wednesday announced that Manyuchi would challenge Toke for the ABU welterweight title on a date yet to be set.
"I am definitely winning the title; it's my first title fight and I must take it like the last fight of my life. I have to win it at all costs," Manyuchi said in an interview from Zimbabwe.
He said he was aware that Toke would not give up his title easily, hence the need to prepare adequately for the fight.
"I know he is the champion but it's time he gave up the title," he said. Manyuchi, 26, recently beat Osgood Kayuni of Malawi to add to his record of 13 fights with 10 victories, four being knockouts, a draw and two losses.
Toke, 30, has a record of 18 fights, with only one loss and nine knockouts.
Having started his career in 2004, Toke suffered his first loss in December 2011 before knocking out Ghanaian Isaac Sowah in October 2012 to emerge champion of the then vacant ABU welterweight title.
Toke's last fight was a unanimous decision victory against compatriot Opaldinan Alamu in January this year.