The third boxing interclub tournament that was held in Francistown on Saturday was a huge success as a large number of youth boxers turned up and did exceptionally well. This was revealed by Botswana Boxing Association (BOBA) Publicity Secretary, Kenny Maragana who said the tournament attracted more than 50 boxers from across Botswana.
“There were 22 bouts in both male and females’ categories,” he said.
The tournament was the third event in the BOBA 2016 calendar, following the first and second interclub competitions that were held in Gaborone fortnight ago. Maragana said they noted a positive development that the Association has been longing for over the past years, as the tournament attracted many young boxers.
“The tournament was mostly attended by youthful boxers from our development structures. The same boxers dominated in last year’s Botswana Games that were held in Francistown. They did very well and one hardly noticed the absence of the national team boxers,” he said.
National champion Kutlwano Ogaketse of DTCB boxing club was amongst the top boxers after his impressive first round technical knockout (TKO) against Calvin Modikwa of Glen Valley boxing club. Boifang Kenaope also fired an avalanche of punches at Mothowagae Kananajo to scoop gold in a hard fought match that was not easy to predict at the beginning. Ian Puleng, Tebogo Rini and Omogolo Botsheleng of Prisons Boxing club displayed remarkable tact in their respective categories.
“This is a true reflection of growth in local boxing. These young boys are marvel to watch and we are sure there will be continuity in boxing, especially after the older boxers retire. We want to build a strong team that will represent the country beyond local meets,” said Maragana.
However, he was not impressed with the low turnout of female boxers, which he said was caused by lack of proper structures that are suitable for female boxers.
Maragana further said tournaments of this nature are important as they raise the level of local competitions to match international boxing standards. Meanwhile the boxing national team is currently in Morocco readying for the Olympic qualifiers, billed for Cameroon, Yaound├®. The team comprises of seven boxers; Kabelo Bagwasi, Kagiso Bagwasi, Zibani Chikanda, Lentswe Zwinila in the males category and Keinelwe Rakhudu alongside Koketso Dipogiso in the female section. The team is expected back home on the 21st March.