Stage is set for Ellen Simwaka, Smangele Hadebe

Smangele Hadebe, left, and Ellen Simwaka exchange blows in their previous fight. They meet again on Saturday.
Smangele Hadebe, left, and Ellen Simwaka exchange blows in their previous fight. They meet again on Saturday.
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The fur will fly when boxing adversaries Ellen "Tigress" Simwaka and Smangele "Smash" Hadebe clash at Turffontein Racecourse's Hall on Saturday afternoon.

The WBF International bantamweight title will be the bone of contention. But what actually makes this
10-rounder appealing is that these two female fighters will be meeting for the third time.

Hadebe defeated Simwaka in their six-rounder in September last year. They then met for the vacant ABU title in May, but there was confusion when their fight was declared a draw. The norm is that there has to be a winner in a vacant title fight.

Boxing 5 has now matched them for another title, and hopefully, there will be a winner this time around. Simwaka, from Malawi, is trained in Edenglen by Rock Weinstein, while Hadebe is trained by Themba Zulu in Springs.

Zulu said: "There has to be a winner. We were preparing for an eight-rounder but the organisers decided the girls meet for a title. We are extremely excited and we will be up for the challenge."

Weinstein, who is also in charge of SA and IBF Inter-Continental junior featherweight champion Ludumo Lamati, said: "Everybody is ready for action; well-prepared and focused. There will be lots of action."

Lamati will face Saidi Chino from Tanzania in a non-title 10-rounder. Their bout will top Saturday's bill. Lamati, from Mdantsane, is undefeated after 13 fights, while Chino from Dar-es-Salaam has 15 wins in 23 fights.

"Ludumo has not had anything since defending his IBF title in December. Since he won the SA title, he's never defended it; we fear he might even be stripped now. But we will give our best on the day."

In other bouts, Paul Mangxilana will face Sifiso Hlongwane over six rounds.

There will be an international eight-rounder between SA-based Congolese Eric Mukadi and John Bopape.

Action will begin at 1pm.

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