Tears of joy after stunning victory

In one of her training sessions while preparing to defend her SA featherweight title against Unathi Myekeni, Asandiswa Nxokwana broke down and cried. But her trainer,...

Plan to revamp Fuzile gym

Finally the dilapidated gymnasium of boxing prospect Azinga Fuzile will get a facelift after Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula pledged to solicit funding for it. Mbalula...

Mpontshane reveals his rise from adversity to triumph

Phila Mpontshane made the headlines for the wrong reasons after he stabbed his stablemate Asiphi Tshili with a broken beer bottle. Even when he was...

Revenge is in the air as Tete aims to get that Filipino scalp

When it was announced the national boxing awards were making a return, the interest centred around the Boxer of the Year award. And when the...

Nomeva to rock it big

Whether he is fighting, undergoing a weigh-in for a fight or simply a spectator, Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndongeni is always his bubbly self. He is also...

Ndongeni vows to land big one on awards night

Boxer of the year award nominee Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndongeni has issued a strong warning to his fellow nominees that they must forget about the...

Top fighter’s camp mired in confusion

Confusion is reigning in the technical team of former world champion Simpiwe Vetyeka after the boxer left to prepare for his upcoming fight in...

Pugilists‘ careers in limbo

All that glitters is not gold, so it seems for three East London boxers after their decision to sign with US handlers back fired. The...

Buffalo City pugilists rule roost at national awards

Buffalo City region is expected to make a clean sweep at the national boxing awards scheduled to be held at Durban International Convention Centre...

‘Iron Lady’ is ready to unleash bombs

With national boxing awards back in the reckoning, one of the hotly contested categories are the female boxer of the year. This is where Sharoddene...

Fana admits sailing solo has its inherent dangers

There was a scare when Qumbu-born veteran boxer Mzonke Fana collapsed in the ring after his defeat by Emmanuel Tagoe in Ghana and had...

Fana may hang up gloves

Veteran Eastern Cape-born boxer Mzonke Fana says he is seriously considering retirement after a health scare in Ghana. This when the 43-year-old Qumbu-born collapsed in...

Brave Azinga has Giorgi on his mind

The sensational Azinga Fuzile will be back in the ring and already excitement is reaching fever pitch in anticipation of him putting on another classic...

When the ring men give boxing a bad name

Some boxing referees and judges seem to lack neutrality, which is the ground rule in their line of duty. Just to illustrate the above, boxing suffered...

‘Rush Hour’ in hot pursuit of landing Pacquiao bout

Veteran Ali Funeka will engage in his biggest fight since his two failed attempts to win the IBF lightweight title against Nate Campbell and...

This Rose will not wilt in the sunset by a long shot

Mzonke Fana was labelled an unreliable boxer after he suddenly withdrew from a Real Deal Promotions tournament in favour of an appearance in a...

Right stance holds secret to breaching any defence

We always hear the term “styles makes fights” thrown around a lot but the casual fan does not always understand what it really means. The...

Quick of the draw Konkco’s endgame: Joyi warned beware man on fire

The Mnguni tribute scheduled to be held at Orient Theatre on Sunday has been centred around the activity that will take place to honour...

When the name stirs blood in the ring

“Ladies and gentlemen, I am introducing to you, Lungaaa ‘Madddd Doooogggggg’ Ntontela,” barked a ring announcer in one of Ntontela’s fights. What transpired after the...

‘Nomeva’ had Uncle Sam fans enthralled

Rare has a boxer’s fight outcome gets so anticipated like Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndongeni has been. Since his US debut last weekend, the Daily Dispatch has...

Deadly ‘Anaconda’ strikes it big for the history books

Dutywa is known to have produced many iconic human beings in different spheres of life including former president Thabo Mbeki, who followed Nelson Mandela. And...

Joyi fired up to walk the talk to prove who’s boss

A few eyebrows were raised when Nkosinathi Joyi withdrew from his clash against Fikile Mlonyeni in the gigantic September 30 show, famous as the...

Nomeva’s US debut

As  departed South Africa on his way to the land of the dollar this week, Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndongeni said: “I have always dreamed of...

Matiti, conventional architect: Promoter makes a good case for SA at the WBO

The WBO Convention held in Puerto Rico came and went – but it left an indelible mark in SA boxing, specifically in the region...

A fallen Siyo can right the wrongs

Siyabonga Siyo once again capitulated in his big fight when he lost a clear point decision to Hekkie Budler at Emperors Palace last weekend. The...

Matiti hailed as shining light for sport

Ayanda Matiti has managed to rebrand boxing – a sport dearly loved by the late Nelson Mandela. These accolades came direct from IBF Africa, Middle...

Matiti clear on Sinyabi’s future – and raising more champions

In last week’s Boxing Mecca, Azinga Fuzile and his chief trainer, Chief Mzamo Njeknaye had quite a lot to say about the treatment they...

Ndongeni gives up title, faces brute Barroso

The news of Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndongeni’s abdication of the IBO world lightweight throne took everyone by surprise especially as the title was seen as...

Nomeva’s IBO crown poser

Confusion is reigning over Xolisani “Nomeva “ Ndongeni’s renouncement of the IBO world lightweight title ahead of his big US debut next month. Ndongeni from...

Region needs larger venue

The Safety at Sports and Recreational Event Act 2 of 2010 reads in part: “to provide for measures to safeguard the physical well-being and...

Braveheart faces the Lionhearted at Orient

Azinga Fuzile maintains an infectious smile throughout the interview bearing resemblance to one Oscar De la Hoya hence the nickname “Golden Boy”. Despite his pending...

Sinyabi’s mantra: beware my deadly instinct

You either love Macbute Sinyabi or loathe him but you cannot ignore him. The reigning SA featherweight champion is arguably the best charismatic boxer one...

Ring architect still shining light

The entire boxing community is coming in droves to pay tribute to the stricken Mr Boxing, Mzi Mnguni, as he recovers from a heart...

Stage set for hot Sisters Act

The performance of Sharoddene Fortuin when she beat experienced Brazilian Simone Da Silva Duarte has rekindled debate about who is the best female boxer...

New sheriff in town stands and delivers

Thando Zonke Promotions finally came to town when it delivered an exciting tournament after an absence of over a year. This when the promotional outfit...

Mla pulls no punches as he gives the inside take on row

All Winners Boxing club has been in the news for all the wrong reasons lately, with the club’s new signee Lusanda Komanisi taking to...

Tete boiling hot over Butler bout

The bypassing of Zolani Tete for a WBO bantamweight title shot in favour of a boxer he has beaten is raising eyebrows back home. Rated...

Goldberg don’t mince words over claims

WBF president Howard Goldberg came out guns blazing responding to comments made by Boxing SA board member Peter Ngatane who was responding to a...

Now enter the dragon time

Not only has the eagerly-anticipated clash between Azinga Fuzile and Macbute Sinyabi split the region down the middle but their peers are also differing...

Brothers in arms breed apart

Lindile Tshemese does not understand why his fight record has two draws when the only blemish he accepts is a loss to Luthando Mbumbulwana. “Yes...

Gladiator back from the brink

At the beginning of 2013 when Viwe “Redmachine” Mdletyeni was nabbed for doping and subsequently handed with a 15-month ban, many started writing his...

Fortuin is pure dynamite

It takes some doing for Welcome Ncita to shower a boxer with praise probably because he was a perfectionist in his heyday as the...

Fighting on new battlefront is giving rising star the right kick

While Mthatha continues to lose its crème de la crème of boxers as they relocate to Johannesburg in search of greener pastures, the former...

Fortuin wonders where have all the fighters gone

Yet another boxer has run for cover at the thought of facing Sharrodene Fortuin, jeopardising her ring return originally scheduled for Mdantsane Indoor Centre...

Siyo banking on Palace coup

Duncan Village boxer Siyabonga Siyo goes into yet another big fight having again reshuffled his technical team. Siyo will face Hekkie Budler in a high-profile...

Perplexing drama over the belt that bemused fight fraternity

The boxing soap opera involving Lindile Tshemese, Sithembiso Faye, Thembelani Maphuma and the SA junior-bantamweight title starts a new season next weekend. The main characters...

Battle of Rookie and the Champ could well crack a proud record

Rising star Azinga “Golden Boy” Fuzile will stamp his name over 67 years of history if he lifts Mabhuti “Macman” Sinyabi’s crown on September...

‘Mabhere’ keeping his powder dry – for now

Since rebounding with two victories from what appeared to be the epitaph of his career, former undisputed world mini-flyweight champion Nkosinathi “Mabhere” Joyi has...

Gentle giant’s magnanimity hailed

Former prisoner Luyanda Kana – who has mastered the art of matchmaking to such an extent that East London boxing promoters are beating a...

Sinyabi fired to go where even brave fear to tread

Macbute Sinyabi was back in the ring in less than a month when he took on Indonesian journeyman Rivo Rengkung at the Emerald Casino...