Tenge grabs attention of Global Boxing Union

Bongani Magasela

Bongani Magasela

South Africa's sensational female professional fighter Noni Tenge has caught the attention of the Global Boxing Union (GBU), which has given her the number four spot in the welterweight division.

She is the eighth female fighter from Africa to be recognised by the GBU. Helen Joseph from Nigeria is the Continental junior featherweight champion while Marble Malunga from Zambia holds the Intercontinental bantamweight belt.

Tenge, a well schooled pugilist whose skills are perfected by Lennox Mpulampula in Mdantsane, made her professional debut in August last year.

The fighter from Mooiplaas, a farm near East London, has made headlines with her amazing fighting skills. Five of her six opponents failed to see the last round.

She drew with Fransieka Mbang from Cameroon at Great Centenary hall in Port Elizabeth last November.

Tenge, 25, who fights from the right-hand stance (orthodox), blasted Mangalukeni Hamata from Namibia in the second round at Benoni City Hall in Ekurhuleni in August.

Boxing SA's director of operation Loyiso Mtya, who championed the introduction of female professional fighters, announced that Tenge has also earned the number 12 spot in what he referred to as WBPF-USDC.

Asked for his honest opinion regarding Tenge's chances of trying her luck at a world title, Mtya, said: "She needs four or five international tests before she can try any world title.

"Yes, she is good enough to be a world champion but she needs some more action.

"Her rating is sweet music to our ears. It shows that we are steadily getting the attention from the world."

Female professional boxing was introduced last August during the worldwide Women's Month celebration.