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2016-06-30 06:00
 Ntabethemba Fishing directors Dumisane and Prayer Mthandazo Mtsintsila (wearing a boxing glove each) attended the tournament launch as one of the companies sponsoring the fight.

Ntabethemba Fishing directors Dumisane and Prayer Mthandazo Mtsintsila (wearing a boxing glove each) attended the tournament launch as one of the companies sponsoring the fight.

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The third installment of the Tribute To Tata boxing tournament was launched at the Look Out Hill in Khayelitsha on Sunday.

Duma Boxing Promotions (DBP) boss Duma Nogaga said it was important to stage this tournament because it “celebrated an icon”.

“When we started, it was to simply celebrate Madiba through boxing, but it is becoming a regular in the calendar thanks to our sponsors,” said Nogaga.

He added that this year it was “double celebration” because of Muhammed Ali’s recent passing.

“Boxers entering the ring on the day will be saluting both Ali and Madiba and we hope they will excite fight fans,” he said.

Nogaga who will be travelling overseas next month said he was satifisfied with the preparations.

DBP matchmaker Mzoli Tempi said his call was to “deliver an exciting bout”.

“We simply let the boxers choose who they wanted to fight and this has resulted in a tournament that sells itself to the public,” said Tempi.

Headlining the bill is the much anticipated junior middleweight clash between Myolisi Xayo and Johaness Salie.

Both fighters are coming out of losses and have vowed to kill each other in the ring.

There will be nine other bouts in the draw card.

The tournament will be held on July 16 at the Thusong Centre from 11am.

Admission fee is R50 for general and R100 at the ringside.

Boxing South Africa provincial convenor Mickey Klaas admitted that this looks like a “mouth watering clash”.

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