No purse, no bout for fighter

Once again Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndongeni has found himself at the centre of boxing non-payment controversy after the tournament in which he was set to...

Cometh the hour, cometh Iron Lady

Andiswa Madikane is just 24 years old which is an age when she should be still an amateur boxer but the determined lass is...

Young Dlamini puts Vetyeka to the sword

Yet again a Golden Gloves Promotion (GGP) show held at Emperors Palace last weekend set tongues wagging with Duncan Village star Azinga Fuzile the...

Ndou remembers it all so well: Day filled with mixed feelings

June 16 has mixed emotions for the former IBF and IBO world boxing champion‚ and now Australian-based practising attorney‚ Lovemore “Black Panther” Ndou. The emigrant...

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...

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...

Buthelezi’s fight prayers answered

It's one thing for a boxer to beg for activity but in the case of one Gideon Buthelezi being given the opportunity to regain...

WBC bias not doing fight game any good

The destruction of out-of-shape Bermane Stiverne by Deontay Wilder has suddenly brought the spotlight on the heavyweight division and that is exactly what the...

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...

Indongo to square off for Mother of all Unification bouts in icy Nebraska

RARELY has all four major world titles been contested for in one bout. But it is almost unheard of for an African boxer to be...

Hawk faithfully speaking

Welcome Ncita’s boxing career  needs no introduction, but the first boxer to hold a world champion title from the Eastern Cape,  still has some...

Late payments are ‘killing our sport’

Boxing managers and trainers have lambasted Boxing South Africa and accused the federation of killing the sport following “a growing habit” of late payments...

OPINION: Time to throw in the towel on boxers who are past it

The national title is being devalued and fast. That is the conclusion one can draw not because of a series of articles by our...

Luff on path to new frontier

Boxing Mecca caught up with Eastern Cape heavyweight champion Donovan Luff who stands on the verge of making history by becoming the first ever...

They rocked, but not bombed out just yet

The disappointment of their ineligibility to qualify for the Olympic Games is forgotten and two Eastern Cape boxers Sikho Nqothole and Sibusiso Bandla are...

Homeboys to face real test of potency in a ring of fire

The decision by Sijuta Promotions to secure Japanese opponents for their top boxers, Simpiwe Vetyeka and Luzuko Siyo, in their bouts today may backfire...

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...

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...

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...

Boardwalk the grand stage for BSA awards

The Boardwalk Casino in Port Elizabeth has been all but confirmed as the venue for the Boxing SA awards. This was revealed by BSA chief...

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...

BOXING MECCA: Vetyeka jabs cash claims, clears the air as officials cry foul

Simpiwe Vetyeka is as talented in the ring as he is reportedly is about his ability to convince his handlers to part with their...

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...

Tete is licensed to thrill

After watching two boxers huffing and puffing  away  for his IBF  junior-bantamweight title last  weekend, Mdantsane southpaw Zolani Tete cannot wait to  return to...

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...

BOXING MECCA: Bigger Orient will do fans the world of good

Last Friday’s return of Eastern Cape prodigal sons, Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndongeni and Zolani “Last Born” Tete, highlighted that the Orient Theatre was no longer...

‘Nomeva’ still raging over Nettey non-fight

The cornerstone of journalism is the emphasis around the inability to interfere with a story. But this is hard when Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndongeni is the...

Weather delays Mandela Day upgrade

Bad weather has knocked out the planned 67 minutes Mandela Day renovation of Sinethemba High School in Mdantsane’s NU4 scheduled for today. The event was...

Man in a million steps into amateurs’ corner

The long mooted amateur (now called open) boxing league will finally be realised after Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula formally committed to supporting it recently. The...

Nathan has gift of gab to knock them cold

While it may sound a bit far- fetched to compare the  legendary ESPN boxing analyst with the greenhorn Nathan,  the fact is Colin rates...

All calm before a ring firestorm

Unbeaten female flyweight fighter Leighandre Jegels breathed a huge sigh of relief when she finally came face-to-face with her first international opponent  Liliana Gonzalez at...

BOXING MECCA: Konkco uplifting role model

The presence of Simpiwe Konkco in the O R Tambo region is proving to be a motivational asset for youngsters as they aspire to...

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,...

HOW SITYATHA’S WORLD CAME CRASHING DOWN

A lot has been said about former world boxing champion Lwandile Sityatha quitting boxing with serious allegations of being owed money cited as some...

Stop this farc e and merge two divisions

Once upon a time heavyweight division was the epitome of SA boxing. The glamour division which is widely seen as the face of boxing put...

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...

Zolani not taking Gonya for granted

Siboniso Gonya may represent the easiest of his 28 opponents, but Zolani Tete is training like he is preparing to face Hercules. Tete will make...

Ring of fire on fight night

Yet another boxing tournament came and went leaving mixed feelings about its organisation and the performances of the fighters in the ring.Sijuta Promotions delivered...

Schoolboy champ is more afraid of exams than ring

Schoolboy boxing champion Azinga Fuzile says writing exams is more frightening than fighting in the ring. Unbeaten Fuzile‚ a matric pupil in Duncan Village‚ won...

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...

Finally blast-off time for league

AFTER months of delay the vaunted amateur boxing league will punch out at Mdantsane Indoor Centre tomorrow. The league, called Open Boxing League (OBL) has...

Message from the editor

February 22 1992. I remember that day as if it was yesterday. I was up early as I had to rush to school to...

BOXING MECCA: Sonjica drops clangers during verbal sparring

Thabo Sonjica is regarded as an enfant terrible of boxing, having lost his world title on the scales and being involved in other out-of-the-...

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...

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...

Matiti has great faith in young ring warrior

Xaba Promotions and Events has always been accused of throwing its young boxers into the deep end and the promotion giant is doing it...

Fight blockbuster set to light up city

The general feeling at yesterday’s premedical cum press conference held at Mdantsane Fitness Joint was that Friday’s boxing tournament would serve as the real...

Training programme empowers coaches

National amateur boxing is set to get off in a big way after close to 140 coaches qualified for the international courses during the...

BOXING MECCA: Last Born is his pride and joy

Rarely does an active boxer form his own boxing promotion company – but that is exactly what Mdantsane boxer Zolani Tete has done after...

‘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...