‘Humble servant to judge boxing

2015-08-06 06:00
Referee Clifford Mbelu officiating a recent match in Khayelitsha on July 18, has been selected to judge a world title fight featuring Bernard Donfack and Alexander Brand (insert) in Colombia.

Referee Clifford Mbelu officiating a recent match in Khayelitsha on July 18, has been selected to judge a world title fight featuring Bernard Donfack and Alexander Brand (insert) in Colombia.

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Dreams of men, however mighty they are, or at the zenith of their hearts, seldom reach realisation.

But for Nkosinathi Clifford Mbelu a boxing judge and referee, his dream of travelling the world has just begun.

Mbelu has been selected by the World Boxing Federation (WBF) to officiate their world super middleweight title fight in Bogotta, Colombia on Sunday August 9.

Speaking to City Vision, the shy Mbelu said he was “absoultely thrilled” to be chosen.

“I have travelled to Namibia on several times but to travel overseas is a dream come true,” said the father of two who stays in Litha Park.

WBF president Howard Goldberg hailed Mbelu as the “humble servant of the game”.

“We have him seen officiate big matches but this is the biggest for judging career,” said Goldberg.

Both Goldberg and Mbelu will be on a 50 hour return trip that takes them from Cape Town, Joburg to Bogota via Frankfurt Germany.

Despite the long trip Mbelu is excited about the fight where champion Bernard Donfack, 22-11-3 (11), will travel make his second title-defense, when he takes on dangerous local challenger Alexander Brand, 23-1 (19).

Originally from Cameroon but based in Germany for his entire professional career, Donfack won the WBF World title in May 2014 with a tenth round stoppage of Argentinean Javier Alberto Mamani, and successfully defended five months later with a unanimous decision over German Christian Pawlak.

The 35-year-old Berlin-resident stayed busy this past May with a victory over undefeated Swede Oscar Ahlin (12-0), whom he thoroughly dominated to earn a unanimous decision in Denmark.

With six victories in a row, Donfack is reportedly well up for the task at hand in Colombia

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