Boxers to slug it out

2015-11-25 06:22
THESE boxers took part in the boxing tournaments of the previous years and this year’s tournament promises to be worth the visit. Photo: Tladi Moloi

THESE boxers took part in the boxing tournaments of the previous years and this year’s tournament promises to be worth the visit. Photo: Tladi Moloi

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PAUL ROUX. – An amateur women and men’s boxing tournament is scheduled for Saturday, 5 December, at 13:00 at the Rekgotsofetse Secondary School in Fateng tse Ntsho near Paul Roux.

Organised by local promotor, Lejwetsamang “Smiling Tiger” Mofokeng, this annual event will bring down the curtain on 2015.

The tournament will feature local boxers, as well as boxers from outside the Free State. The majority of the fighters are from North West, the Northern Cape and Lesotho.

Mofokeng said it is the seventh time the tournament is being hosted and said they are happy to see it growing every year.

“We started it seven years ago and then decided to invite other teams to take part,” he said.

Mofokeng, who is also the chairperson of the Thabo Mofutsanyana Boxing Association, said good boxers from other provinces have been invited because they want to learn from them.

“I think the tournament will end very late on the day, due to the number of boxers who will be participating. Winners will get trophies on the day and every boxer would love to go home with something. I have been a boxer and I know the feeling of wrapping up a year with silverware after a dry season,” he said.

He said he has decided to stage the tournament in Paul Roux because there was no boxing on that side of the Dihlabeng Local Municipality.

“We want to take events to the people. This is a big event which could have been staged in Bethlehem, but I said no, let’s take it to Paul Roux. We are hoping to get more support since it will be the first time a small town like Paul Roux hosts something like this. Who knows, we might attract more people to take part in the sport,” he said.

The tournament is sponsored by the Bethlehem Steers. Entrance will be free, but controlled.

“We don’t want a situation where people get hurt because of overcrowding, so we shall only allow a certain number of spectators,” he said.

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