Punishing bout stands to win female fight of the year

Wolmarans v Chisale among five fights that could take award

The date was March 24 2022 and the venue was Cambridge Commercial Park in Sandton, where local fight fans had concluded that it was just a matter of time before accomplished referee Sylvia Mokaila rescued Hedda Wolmarans from Ruth Chisale.

The Malawian soldier punished Wolmarans badly for almost five of their 10-round boxing match. But Mokaila knew and understood what was at stake – the IBF Africa welterweight title – so she gave Wolmarans, hosts ESPN Africa and the the fans the benefit of doubt, and let the fight continue...

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