Hawk, Sugarboy man amateurs’ corners
Boxing icons Welcome “The Hawk” Ncita and Thulani “Sugarboy” Malinga are working hard to give back to the sport they love by grooming amateur boxers in their communities.
They want to produce talented fighters who will become global title holders like themselves.
During their time, Ncita, from Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape, and Malinga, who is based in Ladysmith in KwaZulu-Natal, became the first local boxers to win the International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Council titles, respectively.
Ncita said he was in charge of 50 boys from boxing clubs in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality and villages around the province.
“Sugarboy and I held discussions with the view to train youngsters in communities in our respective provinces to uncover boxing talent,” said Ncita.
“So far, the youngsters who I nurture are sharp and they have shown some potential in the ring. Most will hopefully turn professional in future.”
Ncita (51) said training amateurs with Sugarboy in their respective provinces would help immensely in the development of local boxing.
“We want to bring the next generation of exciting times, like those of late icons such as Arthur ‘Fighting Prince’ Mayisela and Nkosana ‘Happyboy’ Mgxaji, both of whom were great amateurs before they made their mark as professionals.”
Malinga (61), who owns a stable called Sugarboy Boxing Club in Ladysmith, says he finds his amateur fighters at schools around the province.
“So far, I’m in charge of a strong team of about 30 fighters that I discovered around KwaZulu-Natal,” said Malinga.
“Two of my boys, welterweight Kwanele Mabaso and Siphosihle Makhoba, who is a flyweight, have already turned professional.”
Malinga, whose club was formed in 2012, said his relationship with Ncita was beneficial to boxing.
“As former professional fighters, we want to see amateur boxing thriving in the country. We might discover good boxers for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.”
HAWK Welcome Ncita trains amateur boxers in the Eastern Cape