Pugilists slug it out for Madiba

2016-07-21 06:00
 Two boxers giving it out for Madiba during the Tribute To Tata boxing exhibition at the Thusong Centre on Saturday.

Two boxers giving it out for Madiba during the Tribute To Tata boxing exhibition at the Thusong Centre on Saturday.

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The Tribute To Tata boxing tournament hosted at the Thusong Centre on Saturday was hailed as the best as fighters let their fists do the talking.

A technical glitch regarding boxer registration led to the fight card being altered just before the weigh-in and a few open boxing bouts were added to spice up the proceedings.

Duma Boxing Promotions (DBP) matchmaker Mzoli Tempi explained that five boxers were yet to be approved by the national regulator and that led to the alteration of the bill.

“Despite that we managed to stage an exciting tournament. We hired DJ Plasha of Ndingalwa Ndibe Bomvu fame and he kept the crowds excited,” said Tempi.

Representatives from sponsoring companies like Vodacom, Ntabethemba Fishing, Bato Star Holdings, Caltex Spine Road, Ekasi, Khaltshaglass, Sasko, Silulo and the City of Cape Town nodded in appreciation as young and talented boxers showed skill and class.

Bato Star Holdings chairman Patrick Mngxunyeni said it was the third year that they have supported this tournament.

“We believe that sports makes a difference and celebrating Madiba’s contribution via sport make a lot of sense to us,” said Mngxunyeni.

Ntabethemba Fishing’s Prayer Mthandazo Mtintsilana said they were also excited to be part of this year’s celebration.

“We have seen a lot talent here and we need more companies to support sports in the townships,” he said.

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 on the calendar thanks to our sponsors,” said Nogaga.

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

Vodacom’s regional marketing senior co-ordinator, Mandla Hlabisa, said it was the second year they are participating in the tournament.

“It’s a great honour to be part of this.”

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