Amateurs' tournament cut short

MORE than 60 amateur boxers, both male and female, converged at the Jake Ntuli Swimming Pool Hall in Orlando to participate in the Johannesburg inter-club development tournament on Saturday. But only 14 bouts took place due to time constraints.


Jeff Ngwenya, president of the Johannesburg Boxing Organisation and his colleagues were still willing to perform their duties, but Ngwenya's concern was that it was already dark and some fighters had to board public transport to return home.

Boxers came from Evaton, Tembisa, Sebokeng, Johannesburg and Alexandra. The hall was packed to capacity.

The tournament was attended by former old time greats Paul "Ditau" Molefyane, Cassius "Shy Guy" Baloyi, Lehlohonolo "Hands of Stone" Ledwaba, Johannes "Baby Joe" Miya, Gerald "Smasher" Isaacs and Daniel "Star Black" Sereme.

Also in their midst was former SA strawweight champion Stephen Msimanga, who is one of the trainers making strides with young boxers.

Anthony de Angrela, the owner of Bronx Gym in Hillbrow, sponsored the tournament and medals were awarded to boxers who fought.

The bout that had fans on their feet was the third meeting between Matthew Bailey and Asatsho Stelle. Bailey registered a third win.

Some of the results:

Ladies: Nosisi Khondlo beat Kwanele Manini (TKO 2); Shardonay Dalton bt Lindiwe Khambule (TKO 2).

Men's section: Manqoba Nqulunga bt Mohamah Basterman (pts); Andile Kraqa bt Sikelela Jama (pts); Chris Ncube bt Wonga Sikoro (TKO 2); Tumelo Mokone bt Kgethang Sam (TKO 2); Nkosinathi Kunene bt Thomas Kgatitswe (pts); Phello Khambule bt Jarred Scoot (pts); Lebohang Langa bt Nelson Mthembu (pts); Sipho Tshabalala bt Mpho Madileng (pts); Andile Cindi bt Thapelo Williams (pts); and Ntokozo Nkosi bt Tshepo Sesoko (pts).

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