Top fighters to slug it out in Kimberley

2016-11-23 06:00

Kimberley’s boxing duo Siphiwo Zeyo and Tshepo Hans will be the draw card in the boxing showdown taking place in the Northern Cape capital on Friday (25/11). The two local fighters will be in action against Gauteng opponents Tebogo Molose and Tiisetso Modisadife.

Zeyo has been slated to square off against Molose over six rounds, with his hometown boy Hans exchanging heavy blows with Modisadife over four rounds.

Hans and Zeyo are part of the boxers featured as supporting bouts to the seven-title contests on the line. A win for both will be good enough to make the local boxing fraternity proud.

The five-title bout will see two top Free State boxers, Themba “Doctor” Ntsele and Matshidiso Mokebisi, fight it out in their quest to win the men’s and women’s prestigious continental titles. Currently top in South African boxing ratings, the Free State duo will be attempting to annex continental titles in the African Boxing Union men’s and women’s divisions. Ntsele will compete for the bantamweight championship and Matshediso the featherweight women’s title.

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

The other continental men’s championship fights over 12 rounds will feature Koos Sibiya of Mpumalanga against Nasibu Ramadhan of Tanzania, Alexander Gambinda of Zimbabwe taking on Ronald Malindi of Gauteng, David Rajuili from KwaZulu-Natal up against Tshifhiwa Munyai of Limpopo and Moruti Mthalane of KwaZulu-Natal taking on Dalisizwe Komani from the Western Cape. Another intriguing title contest is between Mzonke Fana of the Western Cape and Prince Dlomo of KwaZulu-Natal, fighting for the South African junior lightweight championship over 12 rounds.

Woman fighter Mokebisi returns to face the gutsy Miller barely a month after their gruelling fight on 7 October in Bloemfontein. Miller from Gauteng is looking to avenge her narrow defeat by Mokebisi in their first outing for the WBF continental title. Although Mokebisi successfully defended her belt, she did so under immense pressure from the stocky Miller, who troubled the champion with expert 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 he held was South African flyweight, which he defended more than three times before losing it to Thembelani Nxoshe in 2014. Both Ntsele and Matshediso are trained by Rampolokeng “Boxer” Mkutshane, who is optimistic they will come out victorious in their respective fights. The trainer hopes the pair will show that they are in a different league from that of their opponents.

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