Sports history to be made in Limpopo

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

by Ntsakisi Hlungwani

Polokwane - For the first time in the history of Limpopo sports, four international boxing titles will be defended under one roof in one night, according to Matiti Ayanda of African Promoters.

Briefing media at the Jack Botes Hall in Polokwane on Monday, Ayanda said promoters will join hands with the SABC Sport, Boxing South Africa, Polokwane Municipality and Limpopo Provincial Government to host the boxing match on the 29 April 2016.

The boxing match will take place at Ngoako Ramatlhodi Sports Arena in Seshego, outside Polokwane.

He said the event formed part of celebrating the 22 years of freedom and democracy in style this year.

SABC General Manager Tshamano Makuya said: “We know that there is a great talent in our Province and we want to bring back the love of boxing. We are also fighting crime because our youth and fans will be kept busy with this sporting code.”

She said the athletes will need support in order to make the province proud.

Athlete, Tsiko “Cruel Junior” Mulovhedzi said he was excited to defend his title on home soil. He will be defending his IBO Welterweight World title against Mexican Jesus Gurrola.

Gideon “Hardcore” Buthelezi will be defending his IBO Junior Bantamweight World title championship against the Argentinean Diego Luis Picherdo and the WBA Junior Lightweight title will be between the province’s very own Malcom Klassen and the Mexican Leonilo Ruiz Miranda.

WBO Junior Flyweight is Limpopo’s Bongani Silila and Namibian Japhet Uutoni. IBF Featherweight Africa is Prince Ndlovu and Sydney Maluleke. Norman Tshisikhawe will be defending his Limpopo provincial title against Tshifhiwa Munyai, Balangani Ndou and Tendani Munyai will fight for Junior Featherweight title.

The promoter called on all to come celebrate freedom and democracy through this “box and dine” event.

Tickets are available at Computicket for R150 per person. Fans will be entertained by DJ Merlon and 2nd runner up of Idols Matema.

“Boxing should be the best sporting code ever in this province. These are our Baby Jack Matlala of our time and we are very proud of them. So come one, come all and support them,” said Ayanda. –