Boxers fight for SA honours

2015-04-30 16:15

THE South African National Boxing Organisation’s (Sanabo) National Championship got underway on Tuesday (07/04) with elimination rounds in the Kopanong Indoor Sports Centre in Welkom.

The five-day competition is for non-professional boxers, both female and male. It will culminate in the final on Saturday (11/04) after which the national team will be announced.

Featuring contestants from all nine provinces, the tournament has two categories, juniors (aged 15 and 16) and youths (aged 17 and 18). Both female and males compete on a knockout-basis over three and four rounds to determine the winners, who will ultimately be chosen for the two national squads, female and male.

Fusi Hlasoa, Sanabo’s Free State spokesperson, says candidates selected for the national team will represent South Africa at this year’s African Youth Championship in Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, in September.

This is the first tournament staged by the federation and is a flagship event aimed at nurturing prospective fighters for the elite division.

The Free State is represented by a squad of 25 boxers, six females and 19 male boxers.

Hlasoa has appealed to the public to assist with accommodation, meals, transport and attire for the provincial team for the duration of the competition.

Those willing to assist, may contact Hlasoa on 073-239-6087

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