Young boxing talent showcased

2018-10-24 06:02
International-level referee from the Free State, Gerald Mokoena, declaring an excited Siyabonga van Wyk (right) the winner over his opponent, Khumo Mentor, after the first fight of the inter-club tournament in Kimberley on Saturday (20/10).

International-level referee from the Free State, Gerald Mokoena, declaring an excited Siyabonga van Wyk (right) the winner over his opponent, Khumo Mentor, after the first fight of the inter-club tournament in Kimberley on Saturday (20/10).

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Local boxing fans were treated to mouth-watering action during the recent inter-club tournament hosted by the Kimberley-based Home Defenders Boxing Club (HDBC), which featured at least nine teams from the Northern Cape and the Free State.

The tournament, held at the Mayibuye Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday (20/10), featured Freedom BC (FBC), the NC Boxing Academy (NCBA), Just Do It BC (JDI), Blossom BC (Blossom), Motaung BC (MBC) from Kuruman, Sisheng BC (SBC) and Bosasa BC (BBC) from De Aar. Clubs from outside the province were Amaroc BC (ABC) from Bloemfontein and Thabong BC (TBC) from Welkom.

The audience were brought to their feet throughout the course of the tournament, with boxers from 30 kg to 75 kg, male and female, taking on each other in a range of bouts.

Positivity surrounded the attendance of the tournament, as it carries the potential to promote and revive boxing, which is rumoured to be in the process of dying as a sport.

The highlight was the fight between Letlhogonolo Sikwe (HDBC) and Tshepang Thesebe (FBC), which lasted only 35 seconds due to Sikwe’s inability to take the heat from his opponent.

Tshepiso Fischer (HDBC) also left the crowd in frustration after giving up his fight against Tlhalefo Dikwidi. That is after he had started the fight on a high note, with the possibility of knocking him out. The two tired fighters were both hanging on in their third round before Fischer threw in the towel.

Home Defenders, as host, entered the tournament with 18 boxers and were proud to have emerged victoriously, only losing three fights.

Concerns were raised by the teams, as well as the audience, about the lack of representation of female boxers within the province.

That, according to the assistant coach of Home Defenders, Kagisano Tshipa, is due to the continuous stigma surrounding the safety of boxing among women.

“Most of them are concerned because boxing is a contact sport, thus they do not feel it is for them,” Tshipa said.

According to the public relations officer of Home Defenders, Archie Jack, their boxers Thuso Motshabi and Marcel Kwes recently obtained silver at national youth and junior championships.

The team prides itself on having produced professional boxers like Elijah Diphagwe, Irvan Sebogodi, Andries Pethe, Abram Mlandu, John Haal and Baba Mlandu.

Results

  • :
  • Siyabonga van Wyk (FBC) beat Khumo Mentor (HDBC)
  • Oarabile Maele (JDI) lost against Kabo Kalankate (SBC)
  • Tshepo Fischer (HDBC) beat Liam Koen (NCBA)
  • Mosa Olifant (Blossom) beat Andinakho Skhunana (HDBC)
  • Kaelo Smith (JDI) lost against Tiro Smouse (SBC)
  • Kagisho Vinger (HDBC) beat Tsholofelo Mmereki by way of RSC (referee stop contest)
  • Phenyo Dikgwatlhe (JDI) lost against Bokang Hlongwane (STBC)
  • Tshepo Radebe (STBC) beat Tshepo Nikwe (JDI)
  • :
  • Frans Blom (HDBC) beat Quinton Sekese (BBC)
  • Tshepo Mokgale (STBC) beat Michael Dee Beer (NBCA) by way of RSC
  • Tshepang Stok (BBC) beat Thulani Maarman (JDI)
  • Marcel Kwes (HDBC) beat Dimpho Phepheng (BBC)
  • Letlhogonolo Sikwe (HDBC) lost by way of RSC in the first round to Tshepang Tshesebe
  • Tshepiso Fischer (HDBC) beat Tlhalefo Dikwidi (SBC) by way of RSC
  • Tshepang Tshesebe (FDBC) beat Tshepiso Fischer (HDBC)
  • Daniel Kritzinger (NCBA) lost to Thabisho Motlhabane (SBC) by way of RSC
  • :
  • Sylvester Sekese (BBC) lost to Lebogang Mohosh (FBC)
  • :
  • Thuso Motshabi (HDBC) beat Shuping Maseng (JDI) by way of RSC in second round

Women Elite

  • Lethabo Balang (NCBA) lost to Rorisang Pholoholo (NCBA)

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