Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Kgalagadi boxing club records remarkable win

Kgalagadi North Boxing Club (KNBC) ladies put on an impressive showing at the weekend’s Keone Mooka Mageu National Boxing Championships as they won four of the women’s seven scheduled bouts to cap of a memorable final. Having sent only four women boxers for their debut in the boxing championship finals, KNBC women had a championship final to remember as all the four women they had sent into the finals won their bouts.

Following another impressive showing during the semi finals, where they easily out classed their opponents, the KNBC ladies’ winning streak continued in the finals as they won the tournament’s first four successive bouts. Setting the tone for the KNBC women was Joyce Katlholo who beat Cynthia Thantsha of Eastern Military Garrison (EMG) by a massive 28 ÔÇô 14 margin in the Light Fly Weight (48kg) category to win this year’s first tournament gold. After easily winning her first round of the bout against 7 ÔÇô 3, Katlholo never looked back as she out classed Thantsha, constantly beating her to the punch and finding her face at will as she scored twice the number of punches Thantsha threw at her every round to easily win her bout.

In the fly weight (51kg) category, it was another KNBC lady, Koketso Dipogiso who walked away with the gold medal after beating Lesego Elija of Francistown Boxing Club 26 ÔÇô 10. KNBC’s winning streak extended into the third round as another of their boxers, Emely Tshoswane stopped Tlotlo Tamora in the fourth and last round of their Women’s Bantam Weight (54kg) category. Tshoswane, who was eventually crowned the Women’s boxer of the tournament, was head and shoulders above her opponent, combining good footwork as well as displaying good technical ability to easily win her bout. Her superiority became more evident on the third round as she beat her opponent ragged and the toll eventually toll in the last round as the referee stopped the contest to protect Tamora.

In another bout, Orapeleng Ketshametsi of KNBC beat Irene Modikwa of EMG 28 ÔÇô 8 to clinch the club a fourth gold in successive bouts and to cap off a memorable debut final for KNBC women. In another interesting bout, Francistown Boxing Club’s Keamogetse Kenosi beat EMG’s Kenanao Mosala 14 ÔÇô 19 in the Light Weight category in a closely fought bout that was voted Best Bout of the Tournament.

Kenosi was also crowned the most Promising Boxer for her efforts. In other results in the women’s category, Keneilwe Rakhudu of DTCB beat Kemoneilwe Tau in the 60kg category, Pearl Morake of Botho beat DTCB’s Tebo Gaotingwe while Bonolo Motseothata of Prisons beat Poloko Maapatsane of Glen Valley in the women’s final fight of the day. In the men’s category, there were no surprises as pre final favorites won their bouts. Local household names like Lekgetho Mooketsi, Oteng Oteng, Tirafalo Seoko, Kagiso Bagwasi, Keoagile Rantutu, Zibani Chikanda and Thabang Motsewabeng all won their fights to keep the status quo in the men’s bouts.

Mooketsi was voted boxer of the tournament while his bout against Onkabetse Mookodi was voted Bout of the Tournament. Kentse Molalapata, who lost to Seoko in the finals, was voted the Tournament’s Most Promising Boxer. Meanwhile, University of Botswana Boxing Club was crowned the Best Club of the Tournament while their coach, Lechedzani Luza was voted Coach of the Tournament.

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