Fana enters cauldron of fire in elite UK company

Mzonke Fana has assumed the status of being the old wine that matures with age.  At 42 years old when his peers have long thrown...

BOXING MECCA: Brace for Nomeva tsunami – ‘I am still unstoppable’

The sight of Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndongeni at a boxing event in Mdantsane brought back memories of how enjoyable premedical and weigh-ins involving him used...

Gloves off for return of the rumble at the hostel

By BONGANI MAGASELA South Africa's professional boxing history – especially about Soweto – will be rewritten on July 23 when a tournament is staged at...

‘Moving Target’ racing along

By MKHULULI NDAMASE BARELY a month after being crowned the new junior-bantamweight champion, Mthatha boxer Athenkosi Dumezweni will enter the ring and fight for the...

Only one way for Makazole mean machine

By ZINGISA MVUMVU He is explosive inside the square jungle, but so far his career has not matched his fighting speed in reaching for the...

SA featherweight champ seeks to end career in US

By ZINGISA MVUMVU WBA International featherweight champion Simpiwe “V12” Vetyeka is looking to finish his career in the United States after signing a three-year “exclusive”...

Boxers deliver mixed bag of ring craft at XPE event

By MESULI ZIFO The third edition of the Nelson Mandela boxing tournament came and went leaving behind plenty to talk, about as is the case...

Mr Boxing in frank talk on inner feelings

MESULI ZIFO Mzi Mnguni has reversed into obscurity since being hit by a stroke two years ago. The absence of the man regarded as Mr Boxing...

Now lionhearted shows his good Samaritan side

By ZINGISA MVUMVU IBF international bantamweight champion Zolani Tete, through the recently established Last Born Foundation, is helping those who are less privileged. Tete, who conceived...

EC youngsters put province on top to dominate junior tourney

Once again the notion that the Eastern Cape is the hotbed of boxing held true when the provincial amateur boxing team ruled supreme at...

Komani now wants its slice of the action

By ZINGISA MVUMVU Ali “Rush Hour” Funeka is set to headline the first boxing tournament in Komani in many years when he defends his WBO...

Man with golden voice who kept fans enthralled will be laid to rest

Tommorow will mark the end of the journey and the beginning of a new one for one of the sports radio pioneers of the...

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...

Ailing Mnguni’s colleagues keep fires burning

East London promoters have taken upon themselves to ensure that boxers belonging to their ailing counterpart Mzi Mnguni are not left behind in activity. Since...

Top gear proves a real knockout

Ever wondered why some boxers enter the ring with a flashy fighting gear but look different out of it?  For instance the image of the...

OLYMPIC DREAM TURNS INTO NIGHTMARE FOR EC BOXERS

There is no denying that amateur boxing is under siege again following the latest development that boxers sent by SA National Amateur Boxing Organisation...

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...

BOXING MECCA: Hawk on a wing and prayer

NOW 43 years old and having not laced up boxing gloves in seven years, Hawk Makepula announced that he would be returning to the...

BOXING MECCA: Brace for the new rising tide

Sweat streams down the skinny faces of three youngsters as they try to match the training regimen of their idols while Dowie Mzini keeps...

All about going the distance- ‘Four Rounder’ uppercuts the myth

Some prefer to belittle him by referring to him as a “Four Rounder”. That is a term used by seasoned individuals in the promoting,...

Keeping her powder dry

Mdantsane female boxer Unathi Myekeni silently left the country for Korea, where she failed to unseat unbeaten Hyun Mi Choi in her WBF junior-lightweight...

Bitter pill to swallow but set to whip odds

One would have expected Madoda “One More Time” Dyonase to have thrown in the towel after his two top boxers, Simphiwe Konkco and Siphamandla...

Father Time will not slow him down

Mzonke Fana took everyone by surprise when he sneaked out of the country to participate in a fight in Belgium against the Belgian star...

New ‘Iron lady’ steps into breach

Several eyebrows were raised when Sibongile Matiti sent out a press release announcing her maiden tournament under Zbashy Promotions and Events. Since her introduction to...

Angry as hell with the fans

There is no love lost between Lusanda Komanisi and local boxing fans but the person who rubs the Mdantsane-born, Johannesburg-based boxer up the wrong...

BOXING MECCA: Bungu talks of taxing times

Seldom does boxing legend Vuyani Bungu reveal much about his fight career, choosing to even hide the challenges he faced as a world champion...

Talk of an exodus gets an uppercut

Sijuta Promotions boss Andile Sidinile has denied that his stable has been hit by an exodus of boxers since allegations of fraud were levelled...

Mpeku lauded for showing younger fighters the ropes

MESULI ZIFO Mdantsane boxing fraternity is mourning the death of boxer Phakamile Mpeku. Mpeku, 53, died after a long illness at his NU5 home years after...

Mouthwatering clash between two great talents

By MESULI ZIFO Earlier this year as part of its wishlist, Boxing Mecca highlighted the bouts that should take place this year. At least one of...

‘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...

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...

Tragedy too close to home so Botile goes missing in action

Top Johannesburg promoter Rodney Berman once said Mbulelo Botile could have become the most successful boxer ever to come out of this country if...

Siyo now faces up to the eye of Hexecutioner tiger

After capitulating in his biggest fight when he froze against Simpiwe Konkco in their IBO world mini-flyweight clash, Siyabonga Siyo of Duncan Village could...

Gunguluza’s the eye of the tiger for the young future gems

Jackie Gunguluza is one the most colourful boxers ever to emerge from the region, and now he is embarking on a mission to unearth...

Rush Hour all set to hit Ghanaian traffic

By MESULI ZIFO Mzonke Fana did it last weekend when he got a call to challenge for a major world title against WBO lightweight champion...

Hunt’s on for a ticket to ride

It is now or never for SA boxers as they battle it out at the Zone Four Championships in Mozambique eyeing a ticket to...

Mdabo’s young guns box clever in the ring

It is not surprising that Mdantsane Amateur Boxing Organisation (Mdabo) is the biggest contributor of boxers in the provincial team as the sport is...

Architect who moulds the best

Thirty years after he left rugby for boxing, Mqanduli-born boxing coach and trainer Mthethunzima Dumezweni is still going strong. Dumezweni, 54, is a former Team...

It’s the night of the ring gladiators

For a while this scribe has been assailed by questions over the return of top-class boxing to these shores.  As if local promoters have been...

BOXING MECCA: No love lost as Sinyabi seeks to sock it to idol

It has been a while since Macbute Sinyabi, then called Mabhuti used to compete at Daily Dispatch amateur tournaments as a skinny youngster. Sinyabi has...

The Ring Wonder hears the bell toll

By MESULI ZIFO Mzonke Fana may have failed to lift the WBO lightweight title from Englishman Terry Flanagan but the Qumbu-born boxer was showered with...

Final bell as ring warrior laid to rest

One of boxing’s stalwarts that left an indelible mark in the sport, Themba “Killer” Tshicila, will be laid to rest at the Haven Hills...

Champions cry foul after ratings low blows

The latest instalment of the national boxing ratings has been released and, as always,  the ratings are shrouded in controversy. They are never free of...

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...

It’s all down to grace of God

Mzonke Fana is at the tail-end of his illustrious career that netted him two major world titles. But when he is supposed to wind...

Lento can wake a sleeping giant

Morris Lento is one of the few boxers left at the once world champion-producing Eyethu Boxing Club owned by Mzi Mnguni. After Mnguni’s ailment, some...

Family pride big spur for Siya to show he can deliver goods

The Siyos are under immense pressure with the family smarting from a crushing defeat of Luzuko at the hands of Japanese Yohei Tobe just...

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...

BOXING MECCA: Joyi ready to face eye of the tiger

It's  been nine years since Nkosinathi Joyi fought a fellow East Londoner and after his career plummeted to an all-time low he will have...

Pretender to the crown may have ruled roost

The death of Mdantsane boxing southpaw Themba Tshicila often misspelt Shicila has unleashed a wave of nostalgia when this scribe was in the infantry...