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...

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...

BOXING MECCA: Unathi Myekeni feels letdown by fight ploy

A week has passed since Unathi Myekeni went down on points to bitter rival Gabisile Tshabalala and failed to regain her WBF junior-featherweight title...

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...

BOXING MECCA: Tete set to gun down Mexican fighter

Zolani Tete makes his highly anticipated return to the Orient Theatre ring when he takes on Mexican last substitute Diuhl Olguin in a non...

BOXING MECCA: All eye will now be on the great white hope

After back-to-back slugfests with Dowayne Combrink in his last two fights, East London boxing hope Giovanni Bushby returns home when he takes on journeyman...

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...

Sidinile mad as a Raging Bull in title fight injustice

Sijuta Promotions boss Andile Sidinile has vowed that his boxers will never fight for SA titles again after yet another injustice meted out to...

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...

Orient Theatre’s ‘Iron Lady’

Three has always been a question mark on just how good a female fighter Buffalo City’s  Leighandre Jegels is  despite her unbeaten record. The doubt...

Orient Theatre’s ‘Iron Lady’

There has always been a question mark on just how good a female fighter Buffalo City’s  Leighandre Jegels is  despite her unbeaten record. The doubt...

Tenge insists she will sting a lot longer

The question doing the rounds in boxing circles is whether former SA boxing golden girl Noni Tenge is still a boxer.Tenge’s ring absence has...

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...

‘Nomeva’ the Comeback Kid

Xolisani Ndongeni left East London under a cloud complaining that he was fed up with  local boxing politics. But in less than six months after an...

Wunderkind with talent in his fists dreams big

Fresh from successfully defending his national amateur boxing crown last month, Mthatha-born Sikho Nqothole is now aiming to conquer Africa this coming weekend.The 20-year-old...

Strike the right balance always

Preparations for a boxing contest can be mentally challenging and physically demanding. But yet it can be an awesomely fulfilling exercise. Boxing preparations, from the...

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...

Baptism of fire in a new chapter for the amateur firebrand

Of all the boxers  fighting in  tonight’s Sijuta Promotions tournament  at Orient Theatre, there is no one more highly-anticipated  than former amateur star Siphiwe Lusizi,...

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...

Braced for one killer show

In any other tournament a clash between Mfundo Gwayana and Luzuko Siyo would be a sure ticket seller. But in a Sijuta Promotion (SP) show this...

Pay channel floors SABC bid to air fight

One  man’s loss is another’s gain, so the saying goes,  and  this  is the case with the SABC after efforts to televise two boxing...

Siyo chasing saving grace

The last time Siyabonga Siyo was in the ring he left a bitter taste in the mouths of boxing fans after he was awarded...

Zolani reveals all in this sparring session

Zolani Marali was known for his swagger as well as his awkward fighting style which earned him the moniker,  Untouchable or Muna (loosely translated to...

BOXING MECCA: Give respect to refereeing shoe shuffle

A lot of people have given much thought and interpretation to the importance of the task lying on the minds and shoulders of referees...

BOXING MECCA: ‘Money’ lets the cat out of the bag

Floyd “Money” Mayweather (48-0) will put his unbeaten record on the line when he steps into the ring to face Andre Berto in Las...

BOXING MECCA: Leighandre eager to kill two birds with one blow

It is  easy to mistake Leighandre Jegels for one of the students roaming around town from various institutions. Although the 21-year-old is indeed one of...

BOXING MECCA: Mexican date for Magwaca

THE Premier Boxing League (PBL) might have a tainted image due to its failure to pay boxers of their prizes but there is no...

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...

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: Much ado about muti

Allegations of muti use by Ali Funeka following his shocking fifth round stoppage defeat by Limpopo challenger Tsiko Mulovhedzi has reopened debate on whether...

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...

BOXING MECCA: Konkco reveals he is fired to walk the talk

Simpiwe Konkco will engage in his biggest fight of his professional career when he contests for two world titles simultaneously against Hekkie Budler at...

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...

Ferocious Khuse taking amateur ranks by storm

The search is on  for the boxer who will carry  Floyd Mayweather’s legacy forward when he retires after September 12.Perhaps the net should be...

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...

Yoyo bows out after sterling career in the ring

A boxer who is 37 years old with just seven losses in 27 fights  should still be pursuing a world title dream – but...

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...

It’s final countdown for title

The saga over the SA mini-flyweight title will finally be put to bed tonight, or will it? Daluxolo Mangcotywa of Mdantsane and Port Elizabeth’s Lonwabo...

Sister doing it for herself

There is no doubt that Xaba Promotion and Events (XPE) is the biggest black-owned boxing promotion company in South Africa. The promotion is driven by...

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...

Message from Sports Minister Fikile Malula

Today, we will once more witness another historic boxing event in East London, scheduled to take place at the International Convention Centre.This Boxing is...

Ali’s day of reckoning

There is strong feeling that unheralded Limpopo challenger Tsiko Mulovhedzi will catch Ali Funeka at the right time when they clash at East London...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Amateur fists of fury pack real punch

The Eastern Cape Amateur Boxing Organisation (Ecabo) team once again ruled the roost at the recent open  elite championships held in Grahamstown when they  secured...

TOP OFFICIAL OF THE WEEK: ALAN MATAKANE

Alan Matakane’s officiating, especially when he is the judge,  tends to raise a few eyebrows but the lanky traffic officer is  proving to be...

MOST DISAPPOINTING OFFICIAL OF THE WEEK: LOYISO MTYA

Lulama Mtya’s handling of the mini-flyweight non-title clash  between Siphamandla Baleni and Iviwe Mgema left so much to  be desired. A usually reliable official, Mtya...

Zokwe thriller brings roof down

Rarely  does a bout featuring boxers from outside East  London  manage  to inspire local fans to scream their voices  out. This is due to the...