Azinga Fuzile defection a blow for trainer

07 September 2018 - 07:59
By Bongani Magasela
South African boxer Azinga Fuzile in action.
Image: Gallo Images South African boxer Azinga Fuzile in action.

Top Eastern Cape boxing trainer Mzamo Njekanye is peeved after losing Azinga "Golden Boy" Fuzile to the growing HotBox Gym of successful trainer Colin Nathan in Johannesburg.

The now-revered boxer has been under Njekanye's guidance for 12 years.

Fuzile, 22, joined Nathan last week. The sensational left-hander's last fight under Njekanye was in July, when Fuzile won the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Continental Africa junior-lightweight title against Nigerian Waidi Usman.

Nathan was a ringside guest in that tournament and was introduced as Fuzile's international manager.

Fuzile, a former SA, World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth and IBF Continental Africa featherweight champ, remains undefeated after 11 fights, with six KOs.

Njekanye said: "What annoys me most is that Azinga has joined Colin and this is happening for the second time that my boxer joins him. Xolisani Ndongeni left me and joined the same man. Now it is Azinga. What a coincidence.

"This really upsets and hurts me. But I will continue producing champions," added Njekanye.

Njekanye had taken Ndongeni from obnowhere and turned him into a two-weight SA champion. Ndongeni went on to win the Premier Boxing League.

Nathan said: "Azinga initiated communication asking if he could join my stable along with SA featherweight champion Khanyile Bulana. I agreed to take both of them and yes, they are in my stable."

Nathan guided Hekkie Budler to the IBF, World Boxing Association (WBA) Super and The Ring Magazine junior-flyweight titles; Simpiwe Konkco to the retention of his IBO mini-flyweight title; Moruti Mthalane to the defence of his IBF flyweight belt and Ryno Liebenberg to the African Boxing Union (ABU) super-
middleweight title this year.