You can’t keep a good woman down

2012-08-11 19:58

South Africa’s first female world champion should regain her crown in September

Plans are afoot for Noni Tenge to fight for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) junior middleweight title.

This was said by WBA adviser for regional development Stanley Christodoulou, who added that his organisation was tying up the loose ends for this eventuality.

Tenge was recently stripped of her International Boxing Federation (IBF) world welterweight title without throwing a punch because of her failure to defend it within the stipulated time – so losing her status as the only woman world champion on our continent.

She was also the first South African woman to become a world champion.

Christodoulou said: “Should everything go well, and it should, Tenge will face a still-to-be named opponent for the vacant WBA junior middleweight crown on September 22 at a venue still to be decided.

“I am delighted for her as she is an outstanding fighter with a lot of followers who will be thrilled to hear the good news.”

Christodoulou, once regarded as the best referee in the world, said he has officiated in a number of women’s fights and has respect for female boxers.

“Female boxing has arrived, particularly in Japan and Germany and it has been a great pleasure watching and officiating,” said Christodoulou.

“I have also enjoyed seeing Christy Martin in action.”

Martin, a battle-scarred warrior of 58 fights is the World Boxing Council’s super-welterweight champion.

Boxing South Africa’s (BSA’s) chief executive Moffat Qithi has blamed Tenge’s promoter Branco Milenkovic for the loss of her title.

Milenkovic has said that Qithi is simply avoiding his share of responsibility for it.

Still unbeaten, Tenge took the African boxing scene by storm when she seized the IBF title on a fourth-round technical knockout against Daniella
Smith a year ago.

Her handler, Siphatho Handi, said she will prove that her fangs are still sharp by regaining the WBA title.

Tenge has nine knockouts and one draw in 12 paid fights to attest to her strength.

On her way to becoming a world champion she was meticulous, polished and mean, spectacularly cutting her opponents down to size.

Her knockout victims include Agota Ilko (round six), Gifty Amanua (round nine), Adeoti Yinka (round eight), Mangalukeni Hamata (round two) and Kensani Makama (round one).

Africa should be holding its breath for its most fierce woman to regain her crown.

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