Fistic tribute to Madiba looks a sizzler

2016-07-20 09:36
Boxers that are set to participate in the Tribute To Madiba boxing tournament at Thusong Centre in Khayelitsha this weekend took to the streets to market their coming fight.

Boxers that are set to participate in the Tribute To Madiba boxing tournament at Thusong Centre in Khayelitsha this weekend took to the streets to market their coming fight.

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Excitement is mounting ahead of the third installment of the Tribute To Tata boxing tournament to be staged by Duma Boxing Promotions on the weekend.

Duma Boxing Promotions (DBP)  and some of the sponsors that include Vodacom, Batho Star Holdings and Ntabethemba Fishing, hit the marketing trail in the vast Khayelitsha township last Thursday urging fight fans to come in numbers.

DBP boss Duma Nogaga said it was important to stage this tournament because it “celebrated an icon”.

“When we started, it was to simply celebrate Madiba through boxing, but it is becoming a regular on the calendar thanks to our sponsors,” said Nogaga.

He added that this year it was “double celebration” because of Muhammed Ali’s recent passing.

“Boxers entering the ring on the day will be saluting both Ali and Madiba and we hope they will excite fight fans,” he said.

Vodacom’s regional marketing senior co-ordinator, Mandla Hlabisa, said it was the second year they are participating in the tournament.

“It’s a great honour to be part of this event as it celebrates the spirit of Madiba,” he said.

Batho Star Holdings chairman Patrick Mngxunyeni said he hoped the tournament would grow bigger next year.

“We are looking at ways of making this tournament an annual event that attracts top boxers from the continent,” he said.

He urged other township businesses to supports efforts like these.

DBP matchmaker Mzoli Tempi said his call was to “deliver an exciting bout”.

“We simply let the boxers choose who they wanted to fight and this has resulted in a tournament that sells itself to the public,” he said.

Tempi further stated that fight fans can tune in to their favourite radio stations like Radio Zibonele, Bush Radio, True FM and UWFM to hear more about the bout and possibly win tickets and other prizes.

The tournament will be held at the Thusong Centre on Saturday 23 July from 11:00. Admission fee is R50 for general and R100 at the ringside.

Boxing South Africa provincial convenor Mickey Klaas admitted that this looks like a “mouth watering clash”.

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