Local giants clash

2016-04-27 06:00
THE two lightweight champions of the local rival clubs, Mojalefa Duiker (left) of the Just Do It boxing team and Thabo Mkhila of the Freedom Boxing Club, plan to claim their territory in the upcoming challenge at the Mayibuye Centre on Saturday (30/04). Photo: Boipelo Mere

THE two lightweight champions of the local rival clubs, Mojalefa Duiker (left) of the Just Do It boxing team and Thabo Mkhila of the Freedom Boxing Club, plan to claim their territory in the upcoming challenge at the Mayibuye Centre on Saturday (30/04). Photo: Boipelo Mere

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THE upcoming boxing challenge between two Galeshewe giants, the Freedom Boxing Club and the Just Do It boxing team, is all about pride and earning respect.

Boxing fanatics and members of the public are invited to heed the call and witness the battle of the two teams at the Mayibuye Multipurpose Centre on Saturday (30/04) at 12:00.

The clash will determine which is the top team with the most boxing skill.

This after various tournaments in which the two ended up bragging to each other about their achievements and abilities.

The ring will be open for cadet (junior) boxers to lightweights, taking each other on to claim the prize.

The two teams expect to make a huge success out of the tournament, as boxing lovers have become accustomed to decreased standards in the sport.

Although both teams claim to have the utmost respect for each other, the two opponents will see Just Do It use their lightweight boxer’s national experience and the Freedom Boxing Club’s AIBA I Star coaching experience to earn their respect.

Freedom’s coach, Raymond Mothobi, was congragulated last week for being the first coach to achieve this level in the province.

The highlight of the tournament will be when the two opposing lightweight boxers, Thabo Mkhila of the Freedom Boxing Club and Mojalefa Duiker of the Just Do It boxing team, take each other on in the ring.

Mkhila says with confidence that they are ready and well prepared for the tournament, following hard training by both junior and senior boxers.

“This clash will be our turn to shine. We have been dominant all along in all fights, ranging from junior or senior divisions, and Just Do It will just not accept that.

“We are happy that now it will only be the two of us to prove to each other.

“This time there won’t be other teams to hide behind, as we usually meet when there are other teams involved during tournaments,” emphasised the boxer.

“This time, there won’t be any respect in the ring, as I have not met my match from their side yet. We mean business and I can assure you, this will build my morale as well.”

Archie Jack of Just Do It smiles from ear to ear while bragging about how they accepted the challenge with open arms.

“We have been waiting for this tournament forever, as we know we have mesmerised them numerous times,” he says.

“We are just going to do it as usual. This will be a walkover. Mojalefa Duiker is one of our most respected national boxers.

“I have reason to believe that they (Freedom) had sleepless nights asking themselves who is their best opposing boxer for Duiker.”

He urges that the public be granted the opportunity to witness and decide for themselves who is who, as “we don’t want to talk a lot, but just do it.

“Although we applaud their coach Raymond for having the 1 Star AIBA coaching certificate, we want to demonstrate to them that we have the experience, while they have got the paper.”

The two teams boasted of their two boxing coaches, Sipho Gxotha of Freedom Boxing Club and Andrew Phete from Just Do It.

“Our coach Phete is a former professional boxer with a lot of experience, thus we promise that our juniors will also be a walk in the park in the ring,” adds Jack.

Jack elaborates that the challenge is also aimed at reviving the boxing culture that is currently fading, including encouraging boxing at development level.

Gxotha revealed that the current number of boxing teams in Kimberley stood at six and that the tournament hoped to work on strengthening them by forming school clubs.

“This challenge is also an effort of testing the waters to see if we are able to form boxing leagues where boxers of all divisions will be accommodated,” concludes Jack.

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