Anaconda’s all set to go global
SA’s record-breaking female bantamweight champ wants to swap her local title for international glory
Bukiwe “Anaconda” Nonina believes she has disposed of all her opponents in South Africa and is now ready to give up her national championship belt for an altogether larger aspiration – fighting for world crowns.
Since turning professional in 2011, Nonina has conquered the local ring with aplomb, having won the SA female bantamweight title and defending it successfully a record five times.
This is a unique feat in local women’s boxing – no other fighter has reached such a milestone.
It’s no wonder Anaconda clinched the Female Boxer of the Year award at the Boxing SA Awards, held in Durban in KwaZulu-Natal three weeks ago, for her outstanding performance in the ring last year. It earned her a trophy and R15 000.
Now the 24-year-old wants to take her glory to a higher level by giving up her national title and gaining an international one.
Anaconda may just realise that dream and earn a world championship belt on March 31, when she meets Germany’s Alesia Graf at Khayelitsha Hall in Cape Town.
They will exchange blows for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) female bantamweight diadem. Nonina’s drive to win the world title is apparent during her training sessions at the Bronx Gym in Hillbrow in Johannesburg, where she trains daily as part of her preparations for the epic battle. We meet her at the venue. Being the only woman there, she is easy to spot. The gym welcomes professionals as well as ordinary fitness fanatics. It is in her quick reflexes and lightning-fast punches while shadowboxing, in particular, that one sees
FOCUSED Bukiwe Nonina says she will be in good shape for her upcoming fight
SETTING HER SIGHTS ON SUCCESS Anaconda in training at Bronx Gym. She relocated to Jozi for her upcoming bout