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2015-07-23 06:00

Vodacom brand ambassador Tsidi Ndlovu chats to chesa nyama boss Mzoli Ngcauzele during a brief stop over at his popular place, Tsidi and the boxers were on the road marketing m-Pesa.

Vodacom brand ambassador Tsidi Ndlovu chats to chesa nyama boss Mzoli Ngcauzele during a brief stop over at his popular place, Tsidi and the boxers were on the road marketing m-Pesa.

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Billed as a ‘Tribute 2 Tata’, a tournament staged by Duma Boxing Promotions (DBP) at the Thusong Centre on Madiba Day lived up to expectations as the pugilists delivered the goods.

Buoyed by the more than 900 fans , the 26 boxers traded blows, absorbed blows and were at pains to impress the judges.

Nerve-wrecked DBP event co-ordinator Makheke Pheleu breathed a sigh of relief when exactly at 10pm fight fans filed out of the hall.

“It was simply too much boxing because we had 13 bouts, we started at 2pm and by 7pm there were still more to come,” he said.

Pheleu said though the real champions were the boxers on the day, it was the companies that bank-rolled the tournament who deserve to have “their names written in gold”.

The tournament was sponsored by Bato Star Holdings, Western Cape provincial government, Vodacom, Jobela Star Bus Services, Marshall Sports, Mzoli Financial Services, Yoto, Punch and Buyelembo Village.

Bato Star Holdings chairman Patrick Mngxunyeni said they were highly pleased with the event and vowed to make it bigger in 2016.

“Our company believes in empowering youth through sport and education,” said Mngxunyeni.

Matshidiso Ndlovu, Vodacom brand ambassador, who a week earlier, had toured the Cape Flats with the boxers marketing the tournament and the m-Pesa service, could not hide her excitement.

“This is really amazing for me because I was with the boxers last week when they promised to dish out a good performance and today they did just that,” said Tsidi.

Fight promoter Duma Nogaga stood in disbelief as fans filed in, waving at him.

“I am thrilled to see boxers and fans in a happy mood. We will definitely sit down with Voox Sonandzi and Makheke who masterminded this tournament and plan a way forward but definitely we will throw another tournament soon,” he said.

DBP security head retired Sergeant Mickey Tower Nkokhi said despite the large number of people he was not concerned because he had an “army of trusted guards ” around the premises.

“We were in constant contact with the police just to make sure everything was under control,” said Nkokhi.

Boxing South Africa Western Cape chairman Mickey Klaas was smiling from ear to ear.

“It’s my first to officiate a match so large. I had spoken to the matchmaker to cut down on the number of bouts but he insisted that boxers come first. I am happy for DBP for pulling this off,” he said.

In a rare moment Nogaga and Mngxunyeni handed over a Madiba birthday cake to Mr Wili who had spent time in jail with Mandela in 1970s.

A visibly emotional Wili was at a loss for words as a few tears trickled down his cheeks.

His comrades hurriedly dried his tears and immediately erupted into freedom songs in celebration.

“Madiba fought a good fight and today we saw young boxers doing some great things in the ring and we hope that out of this, champions and community builders will be born,” said Mngxunyeni.

In the main bout Cristiano Ndombassy of Angola, but now fighting out of Somerset West won a controversial decision over a polished Mdantsane pugilist, Malibongwe Ndzube when he was adjudged to have scored a technical knockout out.

.For a detailed fight report and pictures grab your City Vision copy next week

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