Free State to give box­ers fight­ing chance

Vuk'uzenzele - - Sport, Arts Culture - Galoome Shopane

Box­ing has a long and proud his­tory in the Free State, and the Free State Depart­ment of Sports, Arts, Cul­ture and Recre­ation is de­ter­mined to build on that her­itage.

The province, in part­ner­ship with Sky­lon Pro­mo­tions, re­cently hosted the Freez­ing Point Box­ing Tour­na­ment in Welkom.

The tour­na­ment sought to give lo­cal box­ers the op­por­tu­nity to com­pete at a pro­fes­sional level, to strate­gi­cally po­si­tion box­ing as a sport that can be en­joyed by the com­mu­nity, and to foster so­cial co­he­sion.

The main bout, the SA Ju­nior Feath­er­weight ti­tle fight, saw Mat­shidiso ‘The Wasp’ Moke­bisi suc­cess­fully de­fend her ti­tle against Melissa ‘Honey Bee’ Miller.

The main sup­port­ing bout was be­tween Jap­pie Mafa­tle and Gift Pi­lane, for the fight­ing for the feath­er­weight ti­tle. Pi­lane won af­ter just one round.

The MEC for Sports, Arts, Cul­ture and Recre­ation, Mathabo Leeto wel­comed the re-in­tro­duc­tion of box­ing to the province, adding: “This tour­na­ment will as­sist us in sus­tain­ing the box­ing mo­men­tum.

“It is also im­por­tant to men­tion that the depart­ment has made strides in pro­mot­ing box­ing in the province through the Macufe Box­ing Tour­na­ment we host an­nu­ally. The rich his­tory and her­itage that box­ing has in our coun­try must be pre­served and pro­moted.”

Still the reign­ing champ… Mat­shidiso ‘The Wasp’ Moke­bisi.

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