‘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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Now for many happy returns

By ZINGISA MVUMVU After close to three years of no ring time, SA super-middleweight champion Balimo Weliya is delighted to be back to defend his...

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...