Injury doesn’t hamper victory

2018-06-06 06:01
Female boxing champion Matshidiso Mokebisi with trainer Boxer Mkhutsane. Photo: Supplied

Female boxing champion Matshidiso Mokebisi with trainer Boxer Mkhutsane. Photo: Supplied

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Top-seeded Free State female boxer Matshidiso Mokebisi boasts another prestigious accolade in the form of the African Boxing Union’s South African Junior Featherweight title.

The young Kroonstad-born woman won the title by split points against Zimbabwean Cindisiwe Ncube at a tournament in Johannesburg on 25 May.

The event was staged at the Portuguese Hall and it coincided with the inaugural South African Boxing Convention.

The reigning Free State boxing queen Mokebisi (28) won the title under difficult circumstances.

She sustained a shoulder injury during her gruelling battle against Ncube.

Due to the severity of her injury, Boxing South Africa (BSA) officials ended the fight in the seventh round and declared Mokebisi the winner by a split-point decision.

The authorities made the decision to declare her the winner based on points taken on the two boxers’ scorecards.

Mokebisi proved to be ahead on points on the scorecard, having exerted immense pressure throughout the rounds against her contender. The contest had been scheduled for ten rounds.

After consultation by a BSA medical team, it emerged that Mokebisi had dislocated her elbow during the contest and the injury prevented her from continuing with the fight.

Mokebisi now carries the South African and World Boxing Federation (WBF) junior featherweight title.

She won both crowns under former trainer-manager and one-time avid boxer Spider Moeketsi (70), who had discovered and mentored her until she turned professional.

Currently Mokebisi is mentored by Boxer Mkhutsane, who also trains Sihle Jelwana, who is ranked sixth in the Boxing South Africa (BSA) ratings in the flyweight division.

Mokebisi’s victory saw her redeeming herself after a failed bid to wrest the World Boxing Federation (WBF) bantamweight crown from Bukiwe Nonina last year in November.

Mokebisi lost on points to the veteran opponent, currently rated top in the world in the women’s bantamweight division.

Mkhutsane believes the latest win stands his boxer in good stead, considering their plans to challenge Unathi Mye­keni (35) for the WBF world junior featherweight title.

The staging of the bout will give Mokebisi another shot at a presti­gious world crown. The contest is tentatively scheduled for August to celebrate Women’s Month in South Africa.

Mkhutsane can only hope his fighter would have recovered fully from the shoulder injury ahead of the world title contest.

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