Fight fundis get a satisfaction

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

Some 1 500 fight enthusiasts left Jabulani mall in Soweto on Saturday filled with joy and fulfilment after witnessing 32 rounds of non-stop pugilism.

The acction was brought to them by Pat Molefe whose Rainbow Promotions co-promoted seven bouts with Tata Motors inside a marquee.

The tournament featured up-and-coming fighters from Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West and the Eastern Cape as well as from Botswana and Namibia.

Entrance was free and all fighters gave a good account of themselves, but five went home smiling from ear to ear for having upstaged their opponents.

Three of those victories were via the shortroute. Joe Modise from Gauteng, Leslie Sekotswa (Botswana) and Moruti Mthalane (KwaZulu-Natal) stopped Lawrence Lukheleni (North West) TKO 4, Peter Ndou (Gauteng) TKO 1 and Xola Sifama (Eastern Cape) TKO 5, respectively.

Lucas Mokoti (Namibia) and Colin Mayisela outpointed Sifiso Mthethwa and Pius Dipheko over six rounds in the light and junior welter weights, respectively.

Koos Sibiya (Mpumalanga) and Siyabulela Ziqula (Eastern Cape) drew over six rounds in the junior featherweight clash.

The main bout was between Mthalane and Sifama. It was disappointing in terms of pugilism because Sifama just refused to box and his attitude left too many questions.