Free State boxers make history

2017-04-19 06:02
Tello “Razor” Dithebe

Tello “Razor” Dithebe

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Two male Free State male boxers, Tello Dithebe and Lerato Dlamini, made boxing history when each won a title of the African International Boxing Federation (IBF).

The IBF is one of the four major organisations globally which sanction world championship boxing bouts.

Dlamini and Dithebe got their names into the boxing history books when they defeated tough opponents to annex the titles during a tournament staged in early April in Bloemfontein.

The lads normally fight in the IBF featherweight division, but on the historic night of 8 April, they fought in the senior and youth category. Dithebe fought as a senior, while Dlamini fought in the youth category.

Both fighters are rated top in Boxing South Africa’s (BSA) featherweight division.

Dithebe, from Kroonstad, is currently rated first and Dlamini, from Welkom, is rated sixth in the BSA ranking.

Dithebe lived up to his nickname of Razor, displaying sharpness by out-pointing tough contender Twalib Tuwa from Tanzania to capture the vacant IBF featherweight senior title. His win of the IBF title saw him claim another prestigious belt of the World Boxing Federation (WBF), which he also won last year in October in Bloemfontein.

Managed and coached by veteran Spider Moeketsi, the talented Dithebe is now the only Free Stater holding two international titles.

Dithebe has become the second Free State boxer to win continental titles in two different divisions. He is the second boxer from the Free State to win two intercontinental titles, after Themba “Doctor” Ntsele, who currently holds Africa’s WBF junior bantam title.

Ntsele held the WBF flyweight crown, which he relinquished after two years due to a lack of challengers. He relinquished the crown undefeated.

The gutsy Dlamini won the IBF featherweight youth title after he pulled off a shocking seven round stoppage to end a fierce contest with Sinethemba Bam. The deserving victory earned Dlamini his first major crown since turning professional in 2015. A former South African champion in the amateur rank, Dlamini improved his ration of knockouts to six after stopping Bam to clinch the IBF featherweight crown.

Dlamini also broke Bam’s unbeaten record after ten professional fights. The youthful Free State warrior increased his winning tally to eight in nine fights in the professional rank.

  • Watch a video of Dithebe’s fight on the Express Facebook page.

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