Spotlight on young boxers at KZN tournament

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A bill for the upcoming boxing event in the region.
A bill for the upcoming boxing event in the region.

Budding boxers from KwaZulu-Natal will converge at Mpofana in uMgungundlovu for the “Olympic Style Boxing Provincial Junior and School Age Championship” semi-finals and finals on Saturday.

At least 42 boxers from the ages of 12 to 16, who are eager to make a name for themselves in the sport, are expected to fight at the venue.

The winners in the different categories will get an opportunity to represent the province in the national championships, scheduled to take place in Gqeberha from December 14 to 18.

The bouts are expected to start at 7 am, with the last fight set to be finished by 10 pm.

Spokesperson for the organisers, KZN Olympic Style Boxing Organisation, Sthembiso Mlungwana said the selection processes were supposed to be completed last month when they hosted the tournament at Mtubatuba in uMkhanyakude.

However, that became impossible, thanks to problems with electricity supply to the venue.

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The power issues began just before they could stage the semi-finals and they are hoping for fewer hassles in Mpofana this weekend.

The tournament, which didn’t take place last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will be hosted under the lockdown regulations and a limited number of spectators will be allowed inside the venue.

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