Mhlongo pummels Ndombassy

2015-12-03 06:00
 Nkululeko Mhlongo showboating during his WBA intercontinental clash with Cristiano Ndombassy at the OR Tambo Sports Complex On Friday night. PHOTO: lindile mbontsi

Nkululeko Mhlongo showboating during his WBA intercontinental clash with Cristiano Ndombassy at the OR Tambo Sports Complex On Friday night. PHOTO: lindile mbontsi

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The #Boxing Is Back tournament held at OR Tambo Sports Complex on Friday night lived up its hype.

Staged by C-Sun Promotions in conjunction with the provincial and national sports departments the bill fed the fans just what they had been yearning for.

Speaking just before the tournament kicked off, the local Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais, detailed how they have been instrumental in the promotion and profiling of boxing in the Western Cape.

“We hosted this tournament to bring the sport of boxing back to its former glory days. Our partnership with Sport and Recreation South Africa (SRSA), the Western Cape Provincial Sport Confederation (WCPSC), Western Cape Promoters Association (WCPA), Boxing South Africa (BSA) and the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) ensured that this success,” she said.

Fight promoter China Mpololo was over the moon with the attendance and the performances of the boxers in the ring.

“Though Western Cape boxers lost in the title fights we are thrilled to say there will be more action next year,” said Mpololo.

In the main supporting bout Mfundo Gwayana of Mdantsane won a points decision over Langa’s Dalisizwe Matlala Komani when they fought for the vacant WBF international junior flyweight title.

The fight was fought at high speed with each boxer hellbent on sending the other down but it went to scorecards. Komani bouyed by the home support had Gwayana in sixes and sevens but the veteran fighter came back with vengeance.

In the main bout Nkululeko Mhlongo showed he is the most feared junior middleweight in the country when he convincingly beat Cristiano Ndombassy to add the WBA Pan Africa belt to his titles.

Mhlongo had the packed hall cheering madly when he hid one fist in round number 10 but denied Ndombassy any chances of harming him. After the fight Mhlongo gave credit to Ndombassy but warned other challengers to stay away from his belts.

“Ndombassy was a tough opponent but my experience counted,” he said.

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