Boxers to contest title

2017-04-26 06:02
Themba “Doctor” Ntsele and coach Rampolokeng “Boxer” Mkhutsane.Photo: Christo Smith Photography

Themba “Doctor” Ntsele and coach Rampolokeng “Boxer” Mkhutsane.Photo: Christo Smith Photography

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Gutsy local boxer Themba “Doctor” Ntsele has put his World Boxing Federation (WBF) African title on the line in first defence against top-ranked Sabelo Ngebiyane.

The two contenders will slug it out over a gruelling 12 rounds in a tournament taking place at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg on Friday (28/04).

Ntsele will be making his first defence of the presti­gious junior bantamweight continental belt.

He captured the crown last year in June when he beat Tshifiwa Munyai on points to land the crown.

The title had been vacant.

Ntsele’s championship pedigree will be tested by his equally hungry ­challenger Ngebiyane, who also ranks top in the ratings of Boxing South Africa (BSA).

According to BSA’s latest ratings, Ntsele is second and Ngebiyane first in the junior bantamweight division. The two fighters are contenders for the South African junior bantam weight title, which is currently held by Lindile Tshemese of the Eastern Cape.

Ntsele returned to action after hoping to redeem himself after losing on points against Gideon Buthelezi in December last year.

Buthelezi is the current International Boxing Organisation (IBO) world cham­pion.

Ntsele believes preparations done under the watchful mentor-manager Rampolokeng “Boxer” Mkhutsane will stand him in good stead against top contender Ngebiyane.

“I’m fully prepared to face my opponent. He is a tough contender, for he is ranked number one in my division. It also makes him a stronger challenger in my view. I am geared to unleash my best and make it too much for him in the ring in defence of my crown,” said Ntsele.

The Bloemfontein-based boxer has since relinquished his WBF flyweight title due to inactivity after not getting any opponents to defend the crown.

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