Shinzo tosses her hat into the WBA ring

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The Eastern Cape’s reign­ing In­ter­na­tional Boxing Or­gan­i­sa­tion World fe­male ban­tamweight cham­pion, Sha­radene “Shinzo” For­tuin, be­lieves a vic­tory against Uruguayan Gabriela “La Gaby” Bou­vier will bring her a step closer to her dream of own­ing a World Boxing As­so­ci­a­tion (WBA) crown.

The for­mer South African ban­tamweight ti­tle holder will face Bou­vier at the Mdantsane In­door Sport Cen­tre in East Lon­don on De­cem­ber 2 for the va­cant WBA world ban­tamweight belt. The glad­i­a­tors will top a seven-bout tour­na­ment pre­sented by Thando Zonke’s TZ Boxing Pro­mo­tions. The highly mo­ti­vated fighter from Sey­mour in the Eastern Cape, who will step into the ring af­ter straight vic­to­ries, said a win would pro­pel her to­wards her long-held dream of fight­ing for the WBA world ti­tle.

“This fight is very im­por­tant to me and a vic­tory is vi­tal,” she said.

“Since I started boxing, it has been my dream to put the WBA world belt around my waist, and a win will [bring me] a step closer to that goal.”

The 22-year-old ris­ing star said she would do ev­ery­thing she could to grab the rare op­por­tu­nity.

“My prepa­ra­tions have been go­ing well. Come fight day, I will be ready for my op­po­nent. I in­tend to do ev­ery­thing in my power to be vic­to­ri­ous that night,” For­tuin said.

“Such op­por­tu­ni­ties don’t come ev­ery day, and when you get them, you need to grab them with both hands.”

She said her op­po­nent’s ex­pe­ri­ence did not give her sleep­less nights.

“I don’t know much about her, ex­cept [for] her record, but her ex­pe­ri­ence does not scare me be­cause it’s just a num­ber of fights.”

For­tuin has won six of her as­sign­ments, with a sin­gle de­feat. Her sea­soned foe, who will be shak­ing off more than a year of ring rusti­ness, has 12 vic­to­ries, two losses and one draw in 15 fights.

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AM­BI­TIOUS For­tuin (in red shorts) aims to one day hold a WBA ti­tle

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