‘War on the Shore 2’ attracts scores

2016-01-21 06:00
Former WBF world junior flyweight champion Luyanda Kwankwa (centre) after winning against Mzwabantu Dubaza. With him is Sihle Kwankwa (left) and Aphiwe Myoyo. Photo: vusi mthalane

Former WBF world junior flyweight champion Luyanda Kwankwa (centre) after winning against Mzwabantu Dubaza. With him is Sihle Kwankwa (left) and Aphiwe Myoyo. Photo: vusi mthalane

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ON Friday Wild Coast Sun hosted another successful and well-attended boxing evening.

The “War on the Shore 2” fight card featured fighters from KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, Eastern Cape and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The first War on the Shore was held in November, 2015.

The main bout of the sold-out event saw Marcel Botha lock horns with Ayanda Mthembu for the vacant KZN Welterweight title. Marcel is the son of former IBF Heavyweight champion, Francois “White Buffalo” Botha.

Billed as a 10-round contest, the fight started in high gear with both fighters exchanging hard punches.

As the rounds progressed there was no clear favourite as both fighters took turns to dominate, but that all changed in the seventh round when Mthembu caught Botha with some vicious blows to the head.

This spelt the end of Botha as Mthembu caught him with deadly combinations, sending him to the canvas at the same time as his corner was throwing in the towel.

Jeremy Bean of Kalakoda Promotions said they were very excited by how successful the event was.

“Wild Coast Sun is a perfect venue and people here love and support boxing.

“We have some exciting events in store that we will reveal in the near future - we promise people an international boxing extravaganza soon,” said Bean.

Wild Coast Sun general manager Myan Moodley said they did not anticipate that boxing would be such a huge drawcard for guests and the local­ community.

“The event is certainly proving to be popular and it has a positive impact in attracting people to the Wild Coast Sun and creating incremental spend at our facilities,”said Moodley.

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