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New 'Fighting Prince' faces stern test

By unknown | Mar 18, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

The mere mention of the nicknames "Fighting Prince" and "Peoples Champion" loosens even the tightest of faces, especially of those who were not born with silver spoons in their mouths.

That is because the owner of those nicknames, Arthur Mayisela, made them realise that it is possible to turn a miserable life around for the better with your fists.

Academic qualifications are certainly not a prerogative in boxing. It takes belief in oneself, dedication and ambition to trot towards fame and fortune. But the road is winding, hard and painful, yet fulfilling.

Mayisela lit up the ring, simultaneously igniting fires in the hearts, minds and souls of oppressed black South Africans whenever he fought during the height of the apartheid years of the 1980s.

He died on September 17 1986 under the wheels of a speeding car. He was 33 years old.

Now 23 years later, Mayisela's son, Steven Mayisela, an ardent boxing follower, has spotted Boitshepo Mandawe as the fighter to take over where his father left off.

Steven, 34, manages the promising career of the as yet undefeated Mandawe who boasts seven wins (5 KOs).

Coincidentally, Mandawe, 25, campaigns in the junior welterweights where Mayisela ruled with an iron fist.

Steve and trainer Jerry Phukuje will on Friday take their first step towards guiding Mandawe to becoming the calibre of a warrior Mayisela was.

Mandawe, a rock solid and fearless novice, will fight Thabo Mashishi at Graceland Casino in Secunda, Mpumalanga.

Just like Mandawe, Mashishi, who hails from Limpopo, is a powerhouse and their style could turn their boxing match into a brutal fight.

The paying public will get value for their money.

This clash is one of the under cards to the WBF featherweight championship between Takalani Ndlovu and Oscar Chauke.

World Sports Promotions will be in charge.

Action is scheduled to start at 7.30pm but only the Ndlovu-Chauke fight will enjoy live coverage on Blow by Blow from 9.30pm.


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