BLOEMFONTEIN will witness a major boxing tournament for the first time in years when Dream Team, Mangaung Metro as well as the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation present the Bochabela Boxing Tournament.
This eagerly awaited tournament will take place at the Indoor Sports Arena, situated behind Dr Rantlai Molemela Stadium in Rocklands, on Saturday (19/12).
Lebo Mahoko, the promoter of the event, told Express that it was all systems go for the tournament as all the boxers are working hard to prepare for it.
“It is so far so good in terms of preparation for the event. We are really excited and looking forward to it. All the boxers are ready,” said Mahoko.
“The prefight weigh-in will be done at the same venue on Friday to determine whether boxers are medically fit to compete.
“We appeal to boxing fans and sport lovers in general to come to the event.
“Those who will be going there will get the opportunity to see explosive fights. We are expecting a full capacity because entrance is free,” he added.
Mahoko said the tournament formed part of the official re-opening of the Bochabela Boxing Arena.
The opening of the venue will be performed by the Mangaung executive mayor, Thabo Manyoni, on the day of the event at 13:00.
Topping the bill of the tournament will be the junior bantamweight ten-round bout between Bloemfontein-born Dr Ntsele and Teboho Setseke.
“I am ready and fit for the fight. I have no doubt I will win it. I know my opponent very well,” said Ntsele, who lost his last fight. “I used to be scared of him in the past while he was a champion at the amateur level. But not now. I have already defeated three of his stable mates in the past. He is next on the line. Sorry to his fans, I’m going to beat him up.”
Meanwhile, Setseke said he did not want to talk much about the fight before it actually happens.
“I will do the talking in the ring. All I can say is that I’m definitely going to win the fight,” said Setseke, who hails from Ficksburg.
The first bout on the night will see Thamsanqa Cele battle it out against Sihle Jwelani in the flyweight division at 18:00.
It will be followed by a fight between Lerato Dlamini and Morapedi Khotle, thirty minutes later.
Nico van der Merwe will also be fighting with Lutete Kemba in the heavyweight at 19:00. All the three bouts will be fought over four rounds.
At 20:15, Epharaim Chauke and Caiphus Thomas will tackle each other in the six-round lightweight bout, while Hamisi Kulaka will trade blows against Siyamcela Mtwana in the junior welterweight over eight rounds at 20:45.
In other fights, Harrison Johnson and Seapi Mokoena will contest for the middleweight title over six rounds, before Yomi Shokunbi takes on Christian Okeke in the light heavyweight over eight rounds.
“ I used to be scared of him in the past while he was a champion at the amateur level. But not now. I have already defeated three of his stable mates in the past. He is next on the line. Sorry to his fans, I’m going to beat him up