Emile the floorer ups the stakes

2016-10-06 06:00
 Komando Kalekuzi taking his son through his paces just before the fight.

Komando Kalekuzi taking his son through his paces just before the fight.

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Boxing pundits reckon that Welterweight pugilist Emile Kalekuzi is not entirely unbeatable, but having emerged from all his four professional bouts unscathed, he is under pressure to maintain that record.

This is the view of his trainer-cum-father, Kommando Kalekuzi, who believes that his charge will notch another victory when he faces Cornelius De Villiers in a bout on October 14 at St Pauls Hall in central Cape Town.

Pound For Pound Promotions is the group behind the development tournament skirmish there.

“Look we are obviously building him up and when the time is ripe, he will face a tough opponent and that is when he will show his true character,” said Komando.

Emile has knocked down all his previous opponents.

Emile will be fighting in a tournament staged by his mother, Francis Kasindi, who is staging her second tournament this year.

Francis said she was drawn into boxing promotion because her husband, Komando was mad about the sport.

“He breathes boxing and it seems he has infected me, and that’s why I opted to promote the sport he loves.

It’s a bonus that we are contributing to the sporting lives of my son and other boxers too,” she said.

She thanked her sponsors for helping her with tournaments.

In other bouts, Sikelela Xatasi will face Anele Ntsodo in four rounds of a Bantamweight scrap, Mayibuye Mjonono tussles with Shepherd Ndlovu in the Featherweight division, while Lazola Majikazana meets Siyamcela Dela at Junior Bantamweight.

In the ladies section, Nosipho Tolashe faces Ntombokuqala Zenzile in four rounds in the Bantamweight division.

Meanwhile, the joint promoters of X-Factor 2, held in Milnerton a fortnight ago, Duma and Insane Boxing Promotions, have expressed gratitude to the support received from the public and the sponsors alike.

Insane’s director Savva Savvas, speaking from Cyprus, told Vision Sport that the tournament was a major success.

“Joint promotion is the way to go for boxing in the Western Cape because we don't get government(support) like other provinces,” said Savvas.

Duma Boxing Promotions boss Vuyani Nogaga said he was thrilled by the success of the tournament and vowed to further work with Insane in staging more fights.

“The CEO of Boxing South Africa was there and he was impressed to see that kind of organisation and the skill in the ring,” said Nogaga.

Speaking on Umhlobo Wenene FM after the fight Boxing South Africa chief executive officer Tsholofelo Lejaka, hailed the tournament organisers.

“When I got inside the hall I could see it was well organised event. Spectators from all races were enjoying some good boxing on offer on the night,” said Lejaka.

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