Sparks To Fly At Boxing Tourney In Honour Of Mandela

Free State female boxer Matshidiso “Scorpion Queen” Mokebisi will tomorrow go toe to toe against Kabisile Tshabalala from Gauteng for the vacant SA Junior Lightweight Title.

During the weigh-in and press conference at Bloem Plaza yesterday, Mokebisi said she was definitely gunning for the title.

“We are both going to hell on the night but only one person will walk out a winner and that person is me,” she declared.

The hard-hitting Mokebisi made it clear that she was unhappy with the previous results which were in favour of the soft-spoken Tshabalala.

“I was not happy with the previous results and she was just as shocked when the scorecard was announced in her favour. This time  round, we are going to do things the right way,” she said to loud cheers from the crowd. In response, Tshabalala snappily said, “Well, let’s wait and see what happens on the night.”  

The tournament will take place at Thabo Vuyo Secondary School, Roleleathunya (Rouxville) from 15:00 to 18:00.

Entrance is Free.

The other main bout on the night is between Free State’s France Ramabolu and John Bopape from Gauteng Province.

Without a doubt, this will be one of the most interesting fights, thanks to the unpredictable John “Section 29” Bopape who not so long ago was dismissed as a “no-hoper”, only to go on and pull what many termed the biggest win of his career beating Ricky “Suga” Tshabalala in two rounds at John Barrable Hall in Benoni early this month.

Ramabolu is no walkover and will most likely put up a good fight as a favourite going into the match.

Not wanting to sound cocky, Ramabolu said, “The fight is won inside the ring; that is exactly what am going to do as I’ve done be before, not outside like other boxers.”

Free State MEC for DSACR Limakatso Mahasa, stated, “We will prioritise the revival of boxing in 2019/2020, but this will be done without dropping the bar of other sport and recreation programmes.”

Also expected to grace what promises to be an eventful night, Mahasa said she was expecting exciting boxing.

Boxing South Africa’s chief executive Tsholofelo Lejaka, who hails from Thaba Nchu, said the time was long over due to give the sport the recognition it deserves, saying such bouts played an important role in the revival of the sport.

By: Thapelo Molebatsi