Women’s boxing rocks metro

2012-08-18 15:25

Mayor and boxing promoter’s dream comes true

A dream is coming to fruition – the City of Ekurhuleni and Showtime Boxing Promotions (SBP) are staging a tournament with the aim of establishing a developmental programme for women boxers.

The dreamers are Mondli Gungubele, the executive mayor of Ekurhuleni; and SBP boss Mbali “Don Queen” Zantsi.

And now, on Saturday at the Brakpan Indoor Sports Centre, boxing fans can get stuck into a mouthwatering contest between Gabisile Tshabalala and her challenger Nomvelo Mgcaba for the national junior featherweight title.

The show is the continuation of Gungubele and Zantsi’s plan, which kicked off 12 months ago in another show consisting only of women.

Gungubele emphasised that it was a pleasure to continue with the project in Women’s Month.

“The sports unity in Ekurhuleni is in the process of reinforcing the developmental programme, focusing on women,” he said.

Zantsi emphasised that the show will feature only female referees, judges, timekeepers and ring announcers.

“Our programme should ultimately produce a world champion of the ilk of Noni Tenge (former International Boxing Federation welterweight titleholder) and we are confident of succeeding,” Zantsi said.

“The tournament forms part of Women’s Month celebrations and serves to acknowledge those who have played a significant role in taking South Africa to the top.”

Elias Mpembe, the defending champion’s mentor, said even though the challenger was a “closed book”, his Gauteng charge was fit to go the distance against the  KwaZulu-Natal challenger.

“My fighter is prepared to award her loyal followers, mainly family members and friends, with a great performance to ensure she remains queen,” said Mpembe.

All challenger Mgcaba would say was that she had trained hard and that the “fight will be akin to a walk in the park”.

The clash is expected to thrill the fans because both fighters deliver punches from all angles and have interesting moves.

In the main supporting bout of the tournament, dubbed “Power to the Women”, Bukiwe Nonina defends the national bantamweight title against Precious Mphahlele.

This is the second year that SBP and the City of Ekurhuleni have joined forces to host the showpiece after the successful hosting of the tournament last year.

» The rest of the bill:

Junior welterweight, eight rounds – Kholosa Ndobayini vs Shyvhon Patterson; middleweight, four rounds – Queen Shabalala vs Esther Mashiye; super middleweight, six rounds – Lizbeth Butler vs Eunice Mohlala; super middleweight, four rounds – Thato Makgahlela vs Lillian Molala; junior welterweight, four rounds – Mpumi Sibiya vs Winnie Makgahlela; bantamweight, four rounds – Ntombokuqala Zenzile vs Ntombozuko Nonina; junior lightweight, four rounds – Nosicelo Mnani vs Dimakatso Mphahlella

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