Ayanda Nkosi wants to avenge defeats

Boxing promoter Fana Tshabalala is sandwiched by boxers Ayanda Nkosi, left, and Thompson Mokwana who will do battle for Mokwana's domestic SA lightweight title in Springs on Sunday.
Boxing promoter Fana Tshabalala is sandwiched by boxers Ayanda Nkosi, left, and Thompson Mokwana who will do battle for Mokwana's domestic SA lightweight title in Springs on Sunday.
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Ayanda Nkosi has vowed to avenge the three losses that his trainer Patrick Malinga suffered to Thompson Mokwana in their four epic battles during Malinga's heyday as a fighter.

Nkosi - the pupil who has 12 fights - takes on the veteran of 38 fights for Mokwana's domestic SA lightweight title at KwaThema Indoor Sports Centre in Springs on Sunday. While Malinga is now a trainer who has guided Nkosi to 11 wins against a loss - Mokwana has gone back to his old trainer Manny Fernandez.

Mokwana will bid for the second defence in the main bout of promoters Elias and Fana Tshabalala, who trade under the banner of Fanstastic 2 Promotions.

Mokwana has experience and longevity on his side after 23 wins, 13 losses and a draw. Nkosi is a new comer with 11 wins from 12 fights. They came face-to-face yesterday during their pre-fight medical which was conducted by acting BSA Gauteng manager Jaap van Niewenhuizen and doctor Solly Skosana at Southdale Fitness Club yesterday.

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"I made a promise when I was still an amateur, after watching Thompson defeat my coach, that when I turn pro I will avenge his losses, and my wish has been granted," said Nkosi.

"Thompson's time is up and the title will go back to our gym where it belongs in Katlehong."

Mokwana comes from two back-to-back stoppages to Simpiwe Vetyeka and Michael Mokoena. He said re-joining his long-time trainer Fernandez was the best decision he has ever made.

"My career started in 2005 with Manny. I left him and joined Sean Smith who helped me win two of my four fights. I realised that him and I did not click, probably because I joined when I was already 31 years old," said the 34 year old boxer from Limpopo.

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