New Africa Bantamweight champ wants to inspire young boxers

2019-11-26 13:47
Sanele Magwaza.

Sanele Magwaza.

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Newly crowned World Boxing Federation All Africa Bantamweight champion Sanele Magwaza (pictured) hopes his surprisingly immediate success in boxing will encourage more youngsters, especially from the rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal, to join the sport.

The 24-year-old, who hails from Kwa­Dukuza, north of Durban, defeated Enathi Stelle after the two boxers went toe-to-toe for the entire 10 scheduled rounds in Port Elizabeth at the weekend.

The win over Stelle meant Magwaza is still undefeated since turning professional in March last year, with a record of five victories, including two knockout wins.

The continental title was vacant before the bout and it now gives Magwaza a chance to challenge for other international titles.

Growing up in the dusty Doringkop area in KwaDukuza, Magwaza always believed he was going to be a champion one day, but he never thought it would happen in less than two years after becoming professional.

“To be honest, I’ve always dreamt of being a champion but not for one moment I thought I would be a champion so soon,” said the excited Magwaza.

“But I think hearing people always telling me that I’m a talented boxer and that I have a bright future in the sport whenever they see me fight really motivated me. And that fight [against Stelle] was not easy, probably my toughest match to date, but there was no way I was going to lose it because being a champion is all I’ve been dreaming of.

“I’m very happy and proud considering where I come from, in a poverty-stricken village.”

It’s a known fact that boxing is not what it used be back in the days, with a lot of factors contributing to its demise over the years.

Magwaza, who got involved in the sport at an early age back in his village, hopes youngsters will take the sport seriously as that’s the only way boxing can gain prominence again.

“This a beautiful opportunity to show young people, especially in the rural areas, that they mustn’t look at their background and think they are not going to make it.

“They must be patient and keep working on their goals, and trust in God is very important,” said Magwaza, who is under Aphile Boxing Promotions.


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