Rivals serve up boxing treat
Eastern Cape boxing fans will enjoy an early Christmas bonanza on Friday night, when two local boxers battle for the South African junior lightweight title at the Orient Theatre in East London.
The clash will involve champion Aphiwe “Baby Face” Mboyiya, who will put his crown on the line against Phila Mpontshane in what promises to be another enticing instalment in the storied Duncan VillageMdantsane rivalry.
The encounter, staged by Xaba Promotions and Events, follows a thrilling South African featherweight title contest between Macbute Sinyabi (Mdantsane) and Azinga Fuzile (Duncan Village) at the same venue in September.
The Mboyiya-Mpontshane showdown will be the supporting bout of the International Boxing Federation (IBF) intercontinental junior bantamweight championship fight between champion Makazole “The Professor” Tete and Filipino challenger Jonas Sultan.
The clash between the East London pugilists threatens to upstage the main bout, with diehard boxing fans convinced of the pedigree of the bitter rivals.
Baby Face (24) beat Jasper Seroka on points at Orient Theatre in June to win the crown, putting on a great display of his remarkable punching power on the night. In July, he outlasted Filipino Jerry Castroverde to be crowned the IBF youth titleholder at the same venue.
Now he will get the chance to thrill his fans once more with a successful national title defence against Mpontshane (23), who trains at the famous Eyethu Boxing Club, owned by ailing trainer Mzimasi Mnguni.
“This fight means a lot to me because I will be representing Duncan Village against a man from Mdantsane with a huge fan base,” said Mboyiya.
He said he was looking forward to winning by knockout.
But Mpontshane is also confident of
STRIKING DISTANCE Aphiwe Mboyiya (right) against Abraham Osei Bonsu