FS two to pack a punch for titles

2016-11-16 06:01
Themba "Doctor" Ntsele and trainer-cum-manager Rampolokeng “Boxer” Mkutshane. Photo: Christo Smith Photography

Themba "Doctor" Ntsele and trainer-cum-manager Rampolokeng “Boxer” Mkutshane. Photo: Christo Smith Photography

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Two top Free State boxers, Themba “Doctor” Ntsele and Matshidiso Mokebisi, are gearing up for big battles in their quest to win the men’s and women’s prestigious continental titles.

Currently top in South African boxing ratings, they will be in action in Kimberley on 25 November, where they will be attempting to annex continental titles.

Ntsele and Mokebisi eye the African Boxing Union junior titles in the men and women’s divisions.

Victory over their opponents will see them add to the already presti-gious titles under their belts.

Ntsele will face Joshua Studdard over a gruelling 12 rounds, with Mokebisi up against her old foe, Melissa Miller, over ten rounds.

Ntsele is a seasoned fighter with a sterling record of 28 fights, while his opponent, Studdard, is just eight bouts into a professional career.

He is, however, rated as one of the prospective top future boxers. Challenging the vastly-experienced Ntsele should prove his capability, while an upset will be testimony of the big talk about him as a future champion.

Ntsele last fought against Tendani Munyayi in Johannesburg in May this year for the continental World Boxing Federation (WBF) bantamweight division, with the Free State winning on points.

Local woman fighter Mokebisi returns to face the gutsy Miller barely a month after their gruelling fight on 7 October in Bloemfontein.

The two women will meet for the second time, with Miller from Gau-teng looking to revenge her narrow defeat by Mokebisi in their first outing for the WBF continental title.

Mokebisi successfully defended her belt and did so under immense pressure from the stocky Miller, who troubled the champion with exploit fighting from close-range, countering the champion’s approach.

Mokebisi currently holds the South African junior featherweight title and WBF inter-continental title, which she won in February this year against Natalia Banita in Kimberley.

Ntsele has two continental belts – the WBF flyweight and the WBF bantamweight – while the other title is as South African flyweight, which he defended more than three times before losing it to Thembelani Nxoshe in 2014.

Both Ntsele and Matshediso are manned by experienced trainer Rampolokeng “Boxer” Mkutshane, who is optimistic they will come out victorious in their respective fights.

The trainer, who has medals from military championships, hopes the pair will showcase that they are in a different league against their opponents.

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