Top boxers face title fights

2017-10-25 06:00
Female boxer Matshidiso Mokebisi. Photo: Teboho Setena

Female boxer Matshidiso Mokebisi. Photo: Teboho Setena

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Two top-seeded provincial boxers, female Matshidiso Mokebisi and male Sihle Jelwana, are gearing up for title fights which are crucial for their boxing careers.

Their bouts top the bill of Skylon Promotions’ tournament taking place on Thursday (26/10) in Welkom.

According to Boxing South Africa’s latest ratings, Jelwana is ranked second in the flyweight division, while Mokebisi is tops by virtue of being the South African junior featherweight champion.

The finest Free State female boxer, Mokebisi, will be attempting to wrest the World Boxing Federation (WBF) bantamweight crown from Bukiwe Nonina.

The rapidly rising Jelwana will trade leather with Gift Pilane for the Free State featherweight title. The two title bouts are over ten rounds.

Nonina is also ranked as the world bantamweight champion, while Pilane is ninth in the fea-therweight division.

Nonina and Mokebisi will be meeting for the second time in just over a year, having first met in April last year. The Limpopo-based Nonina won convincingly on points to retain her South African bantamweight belt. Nonina perfectly used her long arms and reach advantage to outclass Mokebisi.

In Thursday’s contest Mokebisi, from Kroonstad, will be attempting to dethrone Nonina so as to add to her two belts – the South African junior featherweight and World Boxing Federation (WBF) intercontinental.

Mokebisi won both titles under former trainer-manager and one-time avid boxer Spider Moeketsi (70). The boxing grandmaster also mentors Pilane.

With the stakes high, Mokebisi is under pressure to show if traits acquired under her current coach-manager, Boxer Mkhu­tsane, will help her topple Nonina. Mokebisi’s recent results under her new mentor included making a successful defense of her South African crown in a rematch against old foe Mellisa Muller.

Curtain raiser fights will see four Free State male boxers in action: Doctor Ntsele, Matswake Moselesele, Nkopane Mokoena and Sethaba Mohanoe. In the bantamweight, Ntsele will battle Cebo Ngema from Johannesburg over eight rounds. Ntsele comes off a defeat against Sabelo Ngebiyane and will be looking for redemption.

Moselesele is yet another fighter looking to revive his career after long lay-offs against Siyanda Tona of Port Elizabeth in their six-round bout.

Mokoena will take on Thamsanqa Cele from North West, while Mohanoe will battle Andile Cindi from Johannesburg in the bantamweight over four rounds.

Another bantamweight bout will see Tshepang Majola from North West battle it out with Siphosethu Nxazonke from Port Elizabeth over four rounds.

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