Amateur boxing can be used as a vehicle to professional boxing. This was witnessed in local boxing at the Sir Seretse Khama Barracks (SSKB) when young boxers used their passion to prove that they are professional boxers in the making.
They also proved that they are emerging as the best boxers of their generation. Their performance at the SKKB did not disappoint.
The boxing competition, which was held under the auspices of the inter club boxing championships, saw upcoming boxers displaying splendid performances.
The tournament though did not feature national team boxers who are due in Namibia for the third African Olympics qualifiers. The coming into fray of the young boxers into the national team is likely to give the national team players a torrid time. The young boxers are also likely to give selectors at the Botswana Amateur Boxing Association (BABA) headaches due to their outstanding performances. Undoubtedly the young boxers are making their mark on the local scene and destined for greater things.
Most notably, were UB and Glen Valley clubs, which are blessed with match winners who are hungry for success. The boxers of these clubs also dominated the tournament.
Last weekend, in the competition that featured 13 bouts, Nthaba Nlanda of UB set up the winning tone when he pounded Ronald Motswakae of Francistown in the 48 Kg division. Although Nlanda was in control of the match, by the fourth round, it was not clear who would oust the other. Nlanda won against Motswakae by points.
In the 51kg category, Junior Moeti of UB did not disappoint as he also won on points against Charles Moeti of SSKB.
Oteng of UB continued with UB club’s winning streak as he knocked out Joseph Learabea of Thebephatswa in the 51kg category. Oteng, who appeared more experienced and composed than his opponent, won the game with team mate Malatsi Lethapa disappointing by loosing to Glen Valley’s Syyayuwa Gubule.
Glen valley’s Ryan Seakolo followed up with a convincing victory in the 60 kg category after he thumped Trevor Tomeletso also of UB.
Promising young boxer, Thapelo Zuze, turned the tables to bring back UB club to its winning ways as he shocked Patrick Seoko of Glen Valley in the 60 kg division with his pulsating left punches. It was clear from the onset that Zuze was too much for Seoko.
Despite enjoying massive home support from the fans, SSKB’s Fani Ramothudi tumbled to Joseph Mocheko of Eastern Military Garrison in the 57 kg contest.
In the same category, Kago Gaborekwe of Tsholofelo beat Kagiso Tebogo of BMC club.
Another SSKB boxer, Mooketsi Mogala, also failed to use home advantage as he was battered by George Botshabelo of Glen Valley.
UB’s Tshepiso Jackson was caught napping in the 69 kg division as he retreated several times with Lentswe Zwinila driving him into the corner of the ring with mighty punches.
Lentswe Zwinila, who kept Tshepiso Jackson of UB gasping for air, won the fight in the 69kg category. In the same category, Mmolawa Makuve of Maun was sent packing when Tsele of Glen valley outclassed him.
In the last bout, which was also the bout of the day, Modiri Senyanti of Maun gave northern boxers a rare boost as he brought Reteng Cheu of UB to his knees.