Boxing bonanza packs a punch

2018-07-11 06:00
Promoter Lebohang Mahoko

Promoter Lebohang Mahoko

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The Free State boxing fraternity are in for a real treat, with local promoter Lebohang Mahoko of The Dream Team staging another mega bill on 27 July.

The boxing bonanza, which presents 12 boxers in action (two female boxers included), is set to take place in the Mangaung Indoor Sports Centre. Two title bouts featuring male boxers are on offer. One features Free State born and bred France Ramabolu, who will slug it out with Angolan Christiano Ndombassy for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Africa title in the junior middleweight division. The other title contest is between Ali Funeka and Mziwoxolo Ndwayana, who will battle it out for the South African lightweight title.

Both the championship bouts consist of 12 rounds.

The women’s contest is a non-title fight between Melissa Muller and Sindiswa Ncube. This consists of eight rounds.

Ramabolu returns to the Free State capital barely a year after he plotted a coup. Last year in October he defended his World Boxing Federation (WBF) international junior middle welterweight belt against Xolani Mvubu. He ended the 12-rounder duel midway when he floored his Eastern Cape opponent after unleashing a rain of heavy blows.

In July last year he defeated Stanis Apanu of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to earn the vacant WBF international junior middleweight crown.

The hard-punching boxer has lost once in the Free State capital, in 2016. This was when he failed to wrestle the South African and WBF intercontinental junior middleweight title from Nkululeko “The Bulldog” Mhlongo.

Ramabolu has since made amends, winning two major contests which saw him move up in Boxing South Africa’s (BSA) rankings. He is rated in the top five in the middle welterweight division, according to the BSA’s latest ratings.

Prince Ndlovu will face off against Thembani Mabangatha over eight rounds in a non-title featherweight contest.

The other two bouts will see Doctor Ntsele taking on Saul Hlungwane in the junior feather weight non-title contest, and Zolile Miya facing off against Fikile Mlonyeni in the flyweight division. Both contests will be over six rounds.

Ntsele will strive to redeem himself after his failed bid to annex the vacant IBF Continental Africa super bantamweight title in May this year. He lost to Innocent Mantengu.

Two title bouts featuring male boxers are on offer. One features France

Ramabolu, who will slug it out with Angolan

Chris­tiano Ndombassy for the IBF Africa title in the junior middleweight division.

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