Mzi­wox­olo Nd­wayana

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Af­ter an in­tense bat­tle against the de­fend­ing cham­pion, Sean Ness, Makhanda’s (Gra­ham­stown) Cham­pion, Mzi­wox­olo Nd­wayana won the South African Wel­ter­weight Cham­pi­onship in Jo­han­nes­burg last month.

This is the se­cond cham­pi­onship that Nd­wayana has won in his eigh­teen year ca­reer, with his pre­vi­ous belt be­ing the World Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion (WBF) Wel­ter­weight cham­pi­onship.

Nd­wayana started box­ing in 2000, but set his sights on the SA Wel­ter­weight ti­tle a few months ago. “Sean Ness is a south­paw, and I used to watch his fights. He is tough, and he has that ex­pe­ri­ence, but me and my spar­ring mates knew that he wouldn’t make it,” said Nd­wayana. “I am more ex­pe­ri­enced than him.”

Nd­wayana has not al­ways been just a boxer, how­ever. He had stopped play­ing soc­cer in 2009, but knows that all sports are im­por­tant in life, par­tic­u­larly in Makhanda.

“I would like these young stars to com­mit them­selves in sport. Even if it is cricket, foot­ball or soc­cer, as long as they are com­mit­ted in sport,” said Nd­wayana. “These guys [coaches] are men­tors, be­cause they taught us how to be dis­ci­plined... that is what I love about sport.”

Nd­wayana will now look to con­tinue his train­ing, hope­fully be­com­ing the world champ again. “Ev­ery boxer out there is hop­ing to be world cham­pion one day. You just need to keep work­ing hard... it is all about the dis­ci­pline and dedi-

Photo: Stephen Kisbey-green

Mzi­wox­olo Nd­wayana prac­tic­ing his punches at the gym af­ter win­ning the SA Wel­ter­weight cham­pi­onship last month.

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