Derrin wins silver at boxing champs

2016-04-13 06:00
Young boxer Derrin Rossouw is flanked by his father Lindon (left) and trainer Caiphus Ntante. Behind them is Ballistic Fighting Club owner Billy Louw.                                      Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

Young boxer Derrin Rossouw is flanked by his father Lindon (left) and trainer Caiphus Ntante. Behind them is Ballistic Fighting Club owner Billy Louw. Photo: NCEBA DLADLA

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FORMER amateur star boxer Lesley Setou of Bluewater Bay always wanted one of his children to start fisticuffs. That call was answered just recently when his grandson, Derrin Rossouw (16), joined the sport.

Grey High School Grade 10 pupil Derrin joined Ballistic Fight Club in Sydenham and soon won the Eastern Cape Amateur Boxing Organisation (ECABO) 70kg gold medal.

His next big achievement was boxing in the finals of the South African National Amateur Boxing Organisation SANABO Open Boxing Champions at the Peninsula University of Technology in Cape Town recently. He lost the finals and returned home with a silver medal – an achievement of which his family is very proud.

“My father was an amateur boxer training in New Brighton. We grew up with boxing equipment at home and my father introduced us to the sport,” said Derrin’s father Lindon Rossouw.

Derrin grew up interested in the training equipment like punching bags – and started using it.

“He would wake up early in the morning when there were big international fights on television. He would be the one waking me up, instead of the other way around,” said Lindon.

He said the young Rossouw, who also aspires to become a pilot, asked him to find a gymnasium for him to join. “First, I took this lightly but after months of him persisting I decided to google the internet to find the nearest boxing gymnasium. This was, however, without success.

“I phoned the NMMU Academy of Sport to make enquiries and that’s when I was told about the Nelson Mandela Bay Amateur Boxing Organisation who, in turn, referred us to the boxing club in Sydenham,” explained Lindon.

Ballistic Fighting Club is owned by fitness fanatic Billy Louw. The boxing training is done by the successful boxing mentor Caiphus Ntante of Caiph Camp.

“I know Les; we boxed together. He once told me he wanted a boxing club for his grandson to join in.

“Before I knew it, he’s telling me now the boy is the SANABO Silver Medallist. I am so proud of him,” said Former professional Cape Middleweight Boxing Champion Terrence “Ace” Makuluza who is currently an International Boxing Ring Official.

Both Ntante and Louw agree that Derrin is a young pugilist with a bright future. He trains hard, is disciplined and determined. they said.

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