Boxers to get busier

2009-11-07 14:41

AMIDST the financial mishaps revealed Boxing SA’s annual report, the frequent staging of tournaments provided some silver lining to the organisation’s dark cloud.

The boxing governing body’s report states that 107 tournaments were held between April 1, last year and March 31, this year.

Of this number, 30 tournaments were international, 21 national and 56 development.

The next two weeks will demonstrate just how BSA has been able to attain this, with no fewer than four tournaments set to take place in two weekends.

The fights will also prove just why Eastern Cape (37) and Gauteng (34) are the provinces with the highest number of bouts per year.

Three former SA champions return to the ring to claw their way back into title contention on Saturday at Wembley Arena, ­Johannesburg.

Erstwhile junior welterweight champion Samuel Malinga’s fight against Pius Dipheko for the WBO All Africa interim title will head the Rainbow Boxing Promotions bill.

Former junior lightweight champion ­Godfrey Nzimande will oppose Stanford ­Mabasa over six rounds.

Amon Baloyi, who previously held the lightweight crown, will have a catchweight contest against Gerald Nekubve.

An intriguing heavyweight contest could be on the cards between Bull Muravha and ­Wiseman Dlomo.

Chris van Heerden’s international welterweight fight against Vanence Mponji from Tanzania will kick off the weekend boxing festivities. The fight will take place at Meyerton Community Hall in Johannesburg on Friday.

Van Heerden holds both the SA and African Boxing Union (ABU) titles.

Australia-based Lovemore Ndou will, meanwhile, defend his IBO welterweight title against Matthew Hatton in England on ­Friday. Ndou will make the first defence of a title he won over Phillip Ndou in July.

On November 20, Moruti Mthalane will have a second shot at the vacant IBF flyweight title when he takes on Mexican Julio Cesar Miranda at Wembley Arena.

Mthalane lost via a sixth-round TKO to the then champion Nonito Donaire from Philippines after sustaining a cut on his eye during their encounter in Las Vegas last November.

An international junior lightweight contest between Thanduxolo Dyani and Kenyan John Gicharu will head Eyethu Promotions’ six-bout bill on November 20 in East London.

Full bill: Sizwe Yolo vs Luzuko Phike (Eastern Cape junior lightweight title); Simphiwe Tom vs Wonga Ntoyakhe (featherweight, 6 rounds); Mandisi Mkile vs Wele Yokose (junior flyweight, 6 rounds); Bongani Mfundisi vs Siyamcela Gegesi (mini flyweight, 6 rounds); Luzuko Siyo vs Lwazi Nduneni (mini flyweight, 6 rounds).

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