Saturday, March 6, 2021

Punches, sweat flow at BOBA tourney

Spectators at the Botswana Boxing Association (BOBA) interclub tournament were treated to a thrilling display at the weekend as local boxers traded punches as BOBA’s calendar of events for 2014 got underway.

In a tournament that saw some boxers trading punches without the protection of headgears, a first for Botswana amateur boxing, local boxers gave spectators a taste of what is to come as old rivalries were renewed and new ones created.

The pick of the weekend’s bouts was the fight between Diamond Trading Company Botswana Boxing Club (DTCB)’s Kagiso Bagwasi and BMC’s Tirafalo Seoko in the Light Welter (60 kg) division.

In a fight that ended with a 2-1 split decision in favour of Bagwasi, spectators were kept on the edge of their seats as the duo left all they had in the ring. While the first two rounds of the bout were difficult to call, Bagwasi seemed to have a slight edge over his more illustrious opponent in the third and final round, which was characterised by holding between the two as the effect of the punches took their toll.

Neither of the two pugilists gave ground as they slugged it off in the ring, all this to the delight and cheer from the spectators. The spectators delight was further revealed at the end of the duo’s bout as they were applauded off the ring.

Another entertaining bout was between Kagiso Bagwasi’s stable mate and younger brother Kabelo against Onkarabile Mothibedi of SSKB in the Light Weight (56 kg) division.

While the younger Bagwasi eventually walked away the winner, also through a 2-1 split decision, credit should go to Mothibedi for giving the youngster more than he bargained for.

Despite giving his all in the evenly balanced bout, Mothibedi was no match for Kabelo, the youngster going on to win the bout.
Aside from the Kagiso Bagwasi and Seoko’s bout and the Kabelo Bagwasi and Mothibedi’s bouts, another duel which caught the eye was in the Bantam Weight (52 kg) between Dimpho Ramokoya of SSKB and Letsibogo Basenyapelo of BMC. The closely fought bout went to Ramokoya via a 2-1 split decision.

Meanwhile, Batswana were given something to look forward to in the upcoming 2nd Africa Youth Games (AYG) as members of the team produced entertaining displays to continue their preparations for the games in style.

The best display from the members of Botswana’s AYG team has to go to Koketso Dipogiso of Kgalagadi North Boxing Club (KNBC) who beat Rhoda Maswabi of Glen Valley Boxing Club (GVBC) by a technical knockout.

In a one-sided bout, Maswabi came in for good beating at the hands of Dipogiso, who not only had the style but also the cockiness to go along with it. Displaying a combination of good technical ability and footwork, Dipogiso had Maswabi’s number and out punched her, leaving the referee no option but to stop the bout.

Another AYG team member and Dipogiso’s stable mate at KNBC, Orapeleng Ketshametse, also produced a good performance as she beat Lesego Elisa of Francistown by a unanimous 3-0 decision in the 52 kg category.

In the 60 kg category, another AYG team member, Keamogetse Kenosi of Francistown, beat Lebogang Daniel of Thebephatshwa Boxing club by another unanimous decision to make it three wins out of three for Botswana’s AYG ladies’ boxing team.

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