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It's a boxing feast this weekend

By unknown | Mar 27, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Action in the fist fighting sport is galore this weekend.

It begins tonight at Matlosana Banquet Hall in Klerksdorp and ends on Sunday at the Orient Theatre.

Pressure is on Chris van Heerden and Zolani Tete, the main contestants in the Branco Sports Production and Eyethu Promotions programmes.

Chris van Heerden puts his South African welterweight belt on the line against Welcome Ntshingila in a Branco Sports Production in North West while Zolani Tete takes a step towards discovery against Filipino Rexon Flores in an Eyethu Promotion's event in East London.

Van Heerden, 23, is trained by Nick Durandt while Tete, 21, is under the tutelage of the Bungu brothers, Vuyani and Dudu.

Van Heerden holds the African Boxing Union belt while Tete is the current World Boxing Foundation flyweight champion.

Both undefeated after 12 and 10 fights, respectively, they boast nine short route victories.

Their opponents, Ntshingila, and Flores, are credible challengers. But the Willie Lock-trained Ntshingila has been around against the country's best fighters with no success.

He failed to win the national belt from Joseph Makaringe on March 29 in 2005 but managed to win the lowly recognised WBA Pan African belt against Thabo Mashishi the following year.

His reign ended in 2008, when he was defeated by Australian Daniel Dawson for both PABA and WBA Pan African belts.

Ntshingila's hard-earned points win against Sicelo Mzobe, a novice, last November probably made him eligible to challenge Van Heerden.

He has an unimpressive record of 16 wins ( five KOs), seven losses and three draws, while Flores is an ex-WBO intercontinental light flyweight and WBO Asia Pacific flyweight holder with 19 wins, five losses and four draws.

What makes these two left-handed fighters, Van Heerden and Tete, effective? Their technique is straight out of the boxer's text book and their reflexes and movements neutralise the power of most opponents. Van Heerden's fight will be live on Blow by Blow at 9.30pm while Tete's international bout will be on SuperSport from 4pm.


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