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Bungu's tough fight

By unknown | May 05, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

The gentle giant of local boxing, Vuyani Bungu, could be expecting a hostile reception from boxing trainers and managers.

Bungu, who won the hearts of of South Africans by winning the IBF junior lightweight title from Kennedy McKinney on April 16 1994 and defended it 13 times, has ventured into the territory of honing the skills of fighters and also managing their careers.

Bungu was sharpened by Mzimase Mnguni at Eyethu Boxing gym in Mdantsane.

These credentials could charm seasoned and aspirant fighters to join him, especially those who went through his mentorship - a job he did mostly as an assistant trainer at Mnguni's gym.

Few of them who remained with Mnguni, such as MacBute Sinyabi, (current SA junior featherweight champion) and Unathi Gqokoma (2005 Baby Champ titlist), are among the throng of 13 that have joined the Bungu Boxing Academy at Southernhood in Eastern Cape.

Already a storm is brewing between Mnguni and Bungu regarding Sinyabi, who has a binding contract with Mnguni. The relationship Bungu and Mnguni enjoyed for almost 20 years is showing cracks.

Bung said: "I wouldn't entertain the idea of being a threat to any trainer. I am opening a new chapter in my life which I hope will also be a success."


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