Punchbag Gulaka like a lamb to the slaughter

Xolisani Ndongeni during the Lightweight bout between Xolisani Ndongeni and Mzonke Fana at Emperors Palace on June 06, 2015 Kempton Park.
Xolisani Ndongeni during the Lightweight bout between Xolisani Ndongeni and Mzonke Fana at Emperors Palace on June 06, 2015 Kempton Park.
Image: Lee Warren/Gallo Images

Boxing SA's (BSA) sanctioning committee never ceases to amaze.

It first raised eyebrows by sanctioning a mismatch between former SA light heavyweight champion Johnny Muller against novice Youssef Mwanza.

Muller has 20 wins from 30 fights, while Congolese Mwanza has only one fight, according to BoxRec.Com which updates boxers' records.

Fortunately Muller, who was to make his debut under trainer Peter Smith, pulled out due to ill-health.

To rub salt into the wound, the committee has sanctioned another mismatch between Xolisani "Nomeva" Ndongeni against Tanzanian Hamis Gulaka.

Ndongeni boasts 22 wins from as many fights compared to Gulaka who has lost eight fights, six by stoppages, since 2015.

Their lightweight bout will form part of promoter Thembalethu Ntuthu's Rumble Africa Promotions bill at East London's Orient Theatre on Sunday.

Gulaka started fighting in South Africa in 2013. He lost his first fight before winning his next two bouts. Then he become a punching bag for his opponents.

Gulaka has 10 losses in total. He was stopped in the first round in his last bout by Jared Silverman in Durban in May.

Trainer Mzamo "Chief" Njekanye, who will be in Ndongeni's corner, said: "I know nothing about who will be Ndongeni's opponent. Actually, Ndongeni came to my gym and asked me to help him prepare for a fight but that is all I know."

But BSA chief operating officer Cindi Nkomo said: "We have not sanctioned this tournament."

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