Saturday, June 22, 2024

Regional boxers leave fans asking for more after thrilling bouts

World Boxing Association (WBA) through Fox Sports has successfully hosted the   Fox Africa Boxing Championship in Gaborone on October 11 with boxers in the region trading blows in entertaining bouts.

The boxers were from Botswana, Namibia and South Africa (SA) and competed in the seven bouts that were billed for the tourney including the two WBA Vacant Pan African Titles that headlined the night.

The lightweight bout between the locals kagiso Tebogo and Steven Bagwasi was however dropped.

The Championships saw South African boxer Rofhiwa ‘War Child’ Maemu being crowned  new WBA Pan African Featherweight Champion after beating Namibian boxer  Immanuel ‘Fighting Angel’ Andeleki .

In the WBA Pan African Lightweight category, South African Ayanda Nkosi was crowned the new champion after beating his compatriot in Jeffery Magagane.

In an interview the lightweight title winner Nkosi said he was happy with the results of the fight.  He said he performed to the best of his ability throughout the match and that was how he managed to clinch the championship.

In the undercard bouts local boxers dominated the ring with power and immerse skill and lost a sole bout in the International Junior flyweight.  Kgomotso Bok gave away the match in the last rounds to Percy Mkhize of SA.

For his part Mkhize said “This win is not only for my country but for me also since I had to prove a point. I just came out from a bad loss back home in South Africa so I had to win.  I take nothing from my opponent because we all wanted to win, he tried his best but I think I was more prepared than he was.”

In undercard bouts, in the international featherweight category, Botswana’s Tshephang Babui  and  Nyiko Ndukula of South Africa ended with a draw.

Local boxer, Kutlwano Ogaketse beat South African Sifiso Hlongwane in the international Super Featherweight category while in the international welterweight category, Gomotsang Gaasite beat South African Nkensahosi Junior Makondo with a Technical Knock Out and Tefo Letshikgwane beat South African Rofhiwa Nemushungwa.


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