Sat Sep 23 16:38:15 CAT 2017

'Unleashed' aims to restore pride

By Bongani Magasela | 2017-09-01 08:07:58.0

Newly formed Unleashed Combat Sport - a boxing promotion under the guidance of Shereen Hunter - has taken a giant leap by organising a South African championship bout in its third tournament on Sunday.

Defending national junior lightweight holder Phila Mpontshana faces Lucky Monyebane. Their 12 rounder will headline the "Trilogy Festival" tournament - a 10 bout card - at the Portuguese Hall, southern Johannesburg.

Hunter's company previously staged two tournaments at Presley's Restaurant in Boksburg where crowd favourite, Jarred "Mr Hollywood" Silverman, stopped Vusi Bilankulu in the sixth round in April.

Mpontshana is from the respected Eyethu Gym of successful trainer Mzimasi Mnguni in Mdantsane. The boxer won the belt from Aphiwe Mboyiya in December, and the fight on Sunday will be his first defence. The challenger from North West is part of the Hammer Gym of another prosperous trainer Harold Volbrecht in Boksburg, on the East Rand.

Coleen McAusland - who manages the promotional company - said: "Unleashed intends to help restore boxing's pride. We will achieve that by working with all trainers and promoters. It is all about collaboration."

Three trainers - Shereen's husband Lionel Hunter, Anton Gilmore and Manny Fernandes - put their energy into initiating the event.

Silverman will take on Zenzele Ntanzi over six rounds while Clement Kamanga from Congo will face Malawian Limbani Chipaka. Mitch Steyn, Wynand Mulder, Junior Soya, Layten Gloss and Dino Familiar will also be in action. Shayvonne Pattison and Lilian Molala will meet in the only women bout.