BOHLOKONG. – Sizwe Msingizane (15) of the Smiling Tiger Boxing Club in Bohlokong near Bethlehem has won three awards in two days.
The Bohlokong born boxer was announced as the best junior boxer in the Free State, the best boxer of the year in his club and he ended third in this year’s Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year.
Sizwe was announced as the best junior boxer in the province during the year-end boxing tournament at Fateng tse Ntsho near Paul Roux on Saturday (5/12).
On the same day, his name was called for the third place in the Let’s Play Sport Star of the Year at the Windmill Casino in Bloemfontein.
He could not be there to collect this award, since he was taking part in the boxing tournament.
Furthermore, this young and dedicated boxer received the best boxer of the year award during the annual award ceremony of the Smiling Tiger Boxing Club.
This was held at the Thabo Thokosa Secondary School on Sunday (6/12).
Sizwe said he was happy with the achievement and added that it was a symbol of good things to come.
“I want to thank my coach, Lejwetsamang Smiling Tiger Mofokeng, and my parents, because they have been with me through thick and thin.
“I would not have achieved this if it was not through the hard work, passion and motivation from my coach,” he said.
Sizwe has taken part in about 15 fights this year, including two national competitions.
He managed to win ten and lost five. He won one national final and finished as runner-up in the other one.
“Winning the awards means a lot. I will have to work harder to achieve more.
“I am still young and the sky is the limit if I can focus and never lose faith,” he said.
Sizwe said his father encouraged him to start boxing.
“My father would always be angry when I came home crying after being beaten on the street.
“He decided that I should join boxing.
“I am not a coward anymore. I am happy that he stood firm and supported me.”
Other players who won awards at the club ceremony, were Moses Lekaota (most disciplined boxer of the year) and Vusimuzi Mzizi (upcoming junior boxer of the year).
Mofokeng said the awards were aimed at motivating the boxers after a long season.
“We have more boxers, but we all know that at the end of the year there would be those who were outstanding.”
He however made sure that he put a smile on each boxer’s face by rewarding each with a medal.
Mofokeng said he would like to thank the parents who trusted the club with their children throughout the year.
“I would like to make a request to our Dihlabeng Municipality to help us with the training facilities because we are struggling.
“We have more people who want to join the sport of boxing, but we are failing to accommodate them because we are training in a classroom which is not big enough for us,” Mofokeng concluded.