Glove gift takes club further

2018-11-22 06:02
Boxers of Amandla Boxing Club train with the new gloves donated to them by consultation company Alternative Prosperity last Wednesday. PHOTO: Velani Ludidi

Boxers of Amandla Boxing Club train with the new gloves donated to them by consultation company Alternative Prosperity last Wednesday. PHOTO: Velani Ludidi

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The days of fighting with worn-out gloves are over for fighters of Amandla Boxing Club in Lwandle.

Its members had been struggling without the necessary professional boxing gloves when fighting professional matches. But thanks to a welcome donation from Alternative Prosperity, the fighters have been kitted out with state-of-the-art equipment.

The club is the boxing home of Sharadine Fortuin, world champion, the Cape’s first-ever female of the year boxer nominee and current eighth ranked female fighter in the world.

The donation of gloves came about after member Malefasie Madiba joined Amandla Boxing Club from Johannesburg five years ago. “I noticed the club and its members lacked decent gloves,” he said, “and I joined the club just to train for fun since my relocation to the Cape.”

Earlier this year, Madiba approached the company’s management team for a donation of equipment.

“The guys are dedicated and I believe they deserve a chance to have proper gloves,” he said. “The club produced a world champion, so that speaks volumes of the talent and dedication of its members and management team.”

Representatives of Alternative Prosperity, a consultation company, handed over the new gloves to club members last Wednesday 14 November. Dawie Malan said the donation would not have been made, had it not been for Madiba highlighting the need. “He said we must do something [to help the club], so we came to check the club out,” Malan said. “We saw the commitment from the boxers and we knew that we had to buy the guys these gloves.”

On the day of the donation, some of the company’s representatives also had to strap on some gloves and try out the sport. They spent three hours in the gym, where they were put through their paces.

Said club founder Charles Mjikelo: “We are very happy about this donation. We do not have sponsors and we have to buy the gloves which we can afford; these are not original brands. These gloves will last years and we appreciate the kind gesture from the company.”

Boxer Sipho Mosuli, who recently won his fight by points in Queenstown, Eastern Cape, believes the new gloves will assist him in his battles and training in future.

“This will also motivate the boxers; now we can train more using gloves which do not pose any injury threats,” he said. “We will show our appreciation to the company by winning an international title using these gloves.”

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