Tenge longs to floor First Lady of boxing
Noni “She Bee Stingin’” Tenge says she won’t rest until she gets a crack at the undisputed world welterweight crown held by Norway’s Cecilia Braekhus.
Tenge (34) confirmed her superiority by beating Julie Tshabalala by unanimous decision to lift the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) welterweight diadem at the Southern Sun Hotel in Pretoria last Friday.
Her victory took her a step closer to a dream match-up with Braekhus (34), who holds the World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association (WBA), International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organisation crowns. She is nicknamed The First Lady.
The Mdantsane, East London-based fighter was impressive against Tshabalala. Tenge’s victory crowned a memorable evening on which Showtime Promotions boss Mbali “Don Queen” Zantsi staged an all-female tournament.
“I have won almost all the big fights on offer. The time is now ripe for me to have a crack at the ultimate championship currently held by the world’s superchampion,” said Tenge.
Tenge became the country’s first female pugilist to lift a third world championship.
She previously held the same WBF diadem before winning the IBF belt, which she surrendered in 2012 without defending it due to her promoter not securing TV coverage.
Tenge boosted her chances of challenging Braekhus by capturing the interim WBA strap against Dominican Republic fighter Oxandia Castillo at the Orient Theatre in Mdantsane in June last year.
The number one contender spot for Braekhus’ crown is currently vacant. This makes Tenge, second in contention, the mandatory challenger. She Bee Stingin’, who was inactive for more than a year, said she was looking forward to beating Braekhus and then retiring.
Tenge is a full-time student at Walter Sisulu University in East London, where she is studying towards a diploma in sports management.
“At least I will have something to fall back on when my boxing career is over.”
She has a professional record of 14 wins and one defeat in 15 professional fights.
Zantsi said Tenge would probably be kept active by defending her WBF title outside of the country against an overseas opponent before going for the big one.
HAPPY CHAMP Noni Tenge with her two world titles