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Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Muvhuso Nedzanani is the Boxer of the Year in Africa.

The 25-year-old fighter from Tshimbupfe in Limpopo, who is affably known as "Hands of Thunder", was unanimously voted by the World Boxing Foundation (WBF) in its yearly awards ceremony last month.

Nedzanani, whose cunning is sharpened in Gauteng by Rob McLeod, holds the WBF junior flyweight belt.

His first defensc against John Alberto Molina at Tlokwe Banquet Hall in Potchefstroom on November 23 was voted WBF's World Fight of the Year.

"It's news to me. But I am happy to hear that my fight was voted Fight of the Year," he said. He was voted Boxer of the Year by the Gauteng Veteran Club.

"Last year was a good year for me. I think this year will be the best."

Tshiawelo Boxing Promotions, which guides his career, was voted WBF's Promoter of 2007 in Africa.

Howard Goldberg, who represents the Australia- based boxing sanctioning body in Africa, said it was wonderful to see that the WBF recognised the talent South Africa has.

"We are proud of Nedzanani and also Tshiawelo Promotions," said the Cape-Town based former referee and judge.

Nedzanani is the former SA and WBC International king who ruled with an iron fist for two years.

He defended the national belt seven times before abdicating the throne.

That after he had won the WBF strap against Jose Jiminez in June last year. Nedzanani lost the WBC International belt outside the ring.

Meanwhile, Hamza Issa from Cameroon, who holds the WBF's welterweight strap, was voted the same organisation's Boxer of the Year.

His defence against Reuben Diaz at Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, Yaounde, Cameron, on December 14, won the WBF's Fight of the Year in Africa.

This writer, Elijah Moholola (City Press) and Australian Tony Nobbs won the Sportswriter of the Year awards.


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