Fight for Hope bout for ‘Litsha

2017-02-02 06:01
 Mzuvukile Magwaca, WBF president Howard Goldberg, former heavyweight boxer Francosi Botha and trainer Komando Kalekuzi at the launch of Porsche’s Fight For Hope tournament at OR Tambo Sports Complexx in Khayelitsha.  PHOTO: voox sonandzi

Mzuvukile Magwaca, WBF president Howard Goldberg, former heavyweight boxer Francosi Botha and trainer Komando Kalekuzi at the launch of Porsche’s Fight For Hope tournament at OR Tambo Sports Complexx in Khayelitsha. PHOTO: voox sonandzi

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A charity boxing match spearheaded by the World Boxing Federation (WBF) president Howard Goldberg will see former world heavyweight champion, Francois ‘The White Buffalo’ Botha collide with Uwe Hueck of Germany at the OR Tambo Sports Complex on March 31.

Uwe Hueck is one of the top bosses at Porsche and has a “rag to riches” story to tell.

Addressing a press conference at the venue last week, Goldberg, said the tournament would be jointly staged by Charles Mjikelo of Amandla Boxing Promotion, Natasha Lyon of Sangar Promotions and Lebo Mahoko of Dream Team.

Botha and Hueck had fought in a similar event in Germany last year with the latter winning the fight much to the chagrin of “The White Buffalo”.

Speaking to Hueck via satellite, Botha taunted Hueck, telling him that he never won their first encounter, and vowed to demolish him next month.

Goldberg, who was the guest referee then, said “the fight was of course not too serious but more of a fun event for charity.”

He said they have held discussions with Porsche for the past year.

“Porsche decided to launch their outreach program in South Africa coupled with a world title boxing event which they have asked me to organise,” said Golberg.

Their outreach program is superb and they sponsor 75 young people, men and woman, Black, Coloured, Indian or White to be trained with Porsche and afforded jobs in the Porsche company once they have completed their training.

Goldberg said the initiative will give impetus to professional boxing in the Western Cape.

“Boxing has deteriorated hugely in the province and an event of such magnitude might simply be the impetus for the re-growth of boxing in the Cape,” he enthused.

Added to the charity rematch, fight fans will see Site C’s talented Mzuvukile Magwaca facing Kenny Demicillio from the Philllipines contesting for the WBF bantamweight title.

Magwaca has a perfect record of 17 fights without a loss whilst Demicillio had failed twice in his 12 fight history.

Also at stake will be the WBF Woman’s World bantamweight title between Bokiwe Nonina and Alesia Graf of Germany.

Nonina has lost three times, winning 13 bouts whilst Graf is the nine times former world womans champion of the world with a record of 29 wins and 5 losses under he belt.

The undercard will feature young promising fighters from all over the country.

Goldberg added that ringside guests will include former IBF world heavyweight champion Axel Schultz of Germany and governator Arnold Schwarzeneger.

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