New date for Don Queen tour­na­ment

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­press.co.za

Box­ing pro­moter Mbali “Don Queen” Zantsi swings back into ac­tion after more than a year as Show­time Box­ing Pro­mo­tions gets ready to stage an all-fe­male box­ing tour­na­ment at Kemp­ton Park Civic Hall on Sun­day.

The event was sup­posed to have taken place at the same venue yes­ter­day, but, ac­cord­ing to Zantsi, was post­poned due to lo­gis­ti­cal and com­pli­ance is­sues.

The last time Don Queen staged a box­ing show was in De­cem­ber 2015, when Noni “She Bee Stin­gin” Tenge met Ju­lia “Queen” Tsha­bal­ala for the World Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion wel­ter­weight crown at the South­ern Sun Ho­tel in Pre­to­ria.

The event was part of the 16 Days of Ac­tivism for No Vi­o­lence Against Women and Chil­dren.

The main fight on Sun­day’s bill will fea­ture South African ju­nior wel­ter­weight cham­pion San­dra Almeida, who will put her crown on the line against No­mazithini Ndyambo. Both fight­ers are from the Eastern Cape. They will meet for the sec­ond time after Almeida won their pre­vi­ous match – which was for the va­cant cham­pi­onship – by a ninth-round stop­page at the Ori­ent Theatre, East Lon­don, in October 2014.

Almeida comes into the ring with a record of six wins, four de­feats and two draws from 12 pro­fes­sional bouts.

Ndyambo has six vic­to­ries and three de­feats from nine out­ings.

The main clash on the un­der­card will fea­ture Gaut­eng slug­gers Si­man­gele Hadebe and Melissa Miller, who will ex­change blows in a provin­cial ban­tamweight ti­tle con­test.

“There will be five more bouts on the bill. We hope this con­test will draw a big crowd now that it has been moved to a later date,” said Zantsi, whose event is spon­sored by Box­ing SA.

In Jan­uary, Don Queen won the chair­per­son’s award dur­ing the Box­ing SA Awards cer­e­mony, which was held at the Inkosi Al­bert Luthuli In­ter­na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Dur­ban.

PHOTO: LEON SADIKI

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