Saturday, September 26, 2020

Upcoming youngsters unstoppable at national boxing championships

The promising youngsters in boxing proved their mantle at the Keone Mooka Mageu National Championship finals at the University of Botswana student Hall on Saturday.

Nineteen-year-old Tirafalo Seoko and 21-year-old Oratile Segokgo were both outstanding on the day.

Seoko was awarded the most improved player and also the best bout, whilst Segokgo was given a trophy for the Best Boxer.

There were nine weight categories with two boxers competing for gold and silver medals at the championships finals.

Bathusi Mogajane of BMC team defeated Thapelo Molatlhe of Jwaneng in a light flyweight 48kg category.

The University of Botswana team was represented by Nthaba Nhlanda in the flyweight 51kg weight category. He got a silver medal by a difference of only 5 points to Oteng Oteng of Tsholofelo boxing club who won by 11 to 6.

The Francistowner, Boitumelo Taolo, awarded Best Bout, won gold after improving by each round even though he was regularly caught off guard. He defeated Seoko in the bantamweight 54kg category by 19 to 11.
Patrick Seoko defeated Kagiso Tebogo by 14-9.

However, the veterans of the sport lacked skills to score more punches on their opponents but it was rather exciting from the weight category of 60kg to 75kg.

Gaolatlhe Mpotsang struggled and failed to close the 3-2 gap and lost to Segokgo who was awarded the best boxer at the finals, and got a trophy and P1000.

The other exciting encounter was between Zibani Chikanda of EMG, who won by 12-11, defeating Gomotsang Gaasite. Arnold Tsele of Glen valley boxing club competed fiercely with former national team boxer Moabi Mothiba of Diamond Trading Company Botswana Boxing Club and the former won 3-2.

Sir Seretse Khama Barracks Boxing club was represented by Larona Francis who failed to score any punches in the first round, and was defeated 5-6 by Keolopile Gabaikanngwe of Jwaneng boxing club.

Thabo Monametsi fought tirelessly and was knocked out 12-5 by Kgomotso Gabaikanngwe. Thabo Nnanaakoko was awarded the best referee and the best coach went to EMG boxing club, with the best judge going to Ponatshego Gaseitsewe and they each pocketed P600. Eastern Military Garrison won the overall award and walked away with a P20 000 as the best team, while DTCB was second placed and BMC came third winning P10 000 and P5 00, respectively.

All gold medalists pocketed P1000, silver medalists P500, whilst bronze winners pocketed P200.

The Best Boxer was awarded P1000 and a trophy while best bout as well as a promising boxer each pocketed P700.
Consolation price for the teams was P2, 000.

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