tshifhiwa moves to Berman

GIFTED Tshifhiwa "Atomic Spider" Munyai has officially joined Golden Gloves Promotion (GGP), the boxer's trainer and manager Elias Tshabalala confirmed yesterday.

"I want to inform you that "Spider" has officially signed with Golden Gloves Promotion," Tshabalala said.

He sounded delighted when announcing the news. That is probably because GGP chairperson Rodney Berman guided some of Tshabalala's fighters, including "Sugar Boy" Malinga, Dingaan "The Rose of Soweto" Thobela, Jacob "9mm" Mofokeng and Silence "African Spice" Mabuza to stardom.

Malinga won the World Boxing Council super middleweight belt under GGP in the UK on March 2 1996. He became the first local fighter to win the lucrative world belt.

Thobela won the same belt on September 1 2000. He too became the first South African fighter to fight for the gold and green belt in Africa.

Mofokeng, who is Tshabalala's homeboy in the Free State, won the IBF Inter-Continental and the World Boxing Union cruiserweight and the SA heavyweight titles, while Mabuza shot to fame by beating Johannes Maisa on July 25 2001.

Munyai's contract with Robs Promotions (RBP) expires on December 5. This tall athletic fighter from Makwarela, Thohoyandou, in Limpopo has the potential to become a world champion.

RBP manager Palesa Mosiea is aware of Munyai's move to GGP after she was informed by the latter's tournament co-ordinator Shona MacTaggart.

"It would have been professional of Elias to make us aware because Munyai is getting a monthly salary from Robs Promotions. Munyai, 24, is a very talented boxer and we hope his career will blossom. We wish him luck," she said. Munyai is Phillip "Time Bomb" Ndou's homeboy and has 18 wins and a defeat.