Fists of fury to headline Madiba show

TAKE THAT: Makazole Tete, left, and Gideon Buthelezi exchange jabs in their fight at the Orient Theatre recently. Buthelezi will face Argentinean Lucas Emanuel Fernandez Leone this month.
TAKE THAT: Makazole Tete, left, and Gideon Buthelezi exchange jabs in their fight at the Orient Theatre recently. Buthelezi will face Argentinean Lucas Emanuel Fernandez Leone this month.
Image: Mark Andrews

The annual Madiba Birthday Celebrations tournament is in full swing with the organisers promising an event to remember.

Entering its fifth anniversary, the tournament was launched in 2013 by Xaba Promotions as means of celebrating the birthday of former statesman Nelson Mandela through boxing.

It has since grown in leap and bounds boosting the tourism of the region due to international visitors that come to grace it.

Over the years visitors from Mexico, Philippines, parts of Africa have flocked to the country to witness a night of boxing as local fighters compete against those from abroad.

Boxers have grown while others have fallen by the wayside.

Boxers who have fought in the event include, Lwandile Sityatha, Ludumo Lamati, Ali Funeka, Gideon Buthelezi, Edrin Dapudong, Macbute Sinyabi and Lusanda Komanisi.

In two weeks time, Buthelezi will return to his happy hunting ground as he will defend his IBO junior-bantamweight crown against Argentinean Lucas Emanuel Fernandez Leone.

Buthelezi is the only nonlocal boxer who has enjoyed participation in the annual event with the exception of international boxers.

XP boss Ayanda Matiti said the event was a now a permanent feature in the international boxing calendar.

“When we started we never imagined that it would develop into what it is today,” he said.

“Now every boxer dreams of fighting in the event but unfortunately we cannot accommodate all of them.”

Other bouts on the bill include Duncan Village overnight sensation Yanga Sigqibo getting his first international bout when he will take on Filipino Renie Dasalla Dacquel while his homeboy Nhlanhla Ngamntwini will return to action less than two months after fighting to a draw against Thembelani Nxoshe in an SA flyweight duel.

When we started we never imagined that it [event] would develop into what it is today Ayanda Matiti

This time Ngamtwini will be chasing for another belt against Ulises Salvador Lara of Mexico with the WBA International junior-bantamweight diadem at stake.

There will also be the return of talented Uyanda Nogogo vying for his first title at the expense Tanzanian Uliza Aliza with the IBF Youth welterweight crown up for grabs.

Matiti said rising stars such as Luyanda Ntwanambi, Ntlantla Tyirha as well as reigning SA female junior-flyweight champion Nozwelethu Mathontsi will see action.

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