Dladla hyped up about her maiden tournament

Makhoba will face Paradero in WBF junior bantamweig­ht title

- By Bongni Magasela

The mere thought of staging her first profession­al boxing tournament has been punchy enough to give promoter Hlengiwe Dladla sleepless nights since she announced last month that her Hle-Jobe Promotions will stage a tournament at Majuba FET College in Dundee on Saturday.

The arrival of Robert Paradero yesterday from the Philippine­s, who will fight Gcina Makhoba in what could possibly be a vigorous scuffle for the vacant WBF junior bantamweig­ht title, has served as a remedy for her insomnia because it is confirmati­on that the tournament is happening.

“I am nervous but excited,” said Dladla, who acquired her promoters’ licence in August.

“I am getting calls all over KwaZulu-Natal. People are telling me they have heard in radio interviews and also read in newspapers about my tournament, and a lot of them promised to come and watch.

Dladla said she did not encounter serious challenges in putting it together: “I want to give credit to my husband [promoter Hlula Dladla] who did all the running around.

“Our children are equally excited. The two boys Zekhethelo and Lujulile are amateur boxers.

“Zekhethelo won his fight in Mooi River on Saturday; this is a family sport,” said Dladla, who revealed that she developed the love for boxing through her husband who would invite her to watch the sport with her on TV in their sitting room.

Spirits are high in Dundee, Makhoba’s hometown.

“People say they can’t wait for Saturday.” Dladla said.

Hlula said the boy to look out for was Ntethelelo Magcaba from Ntshanga – the younger brother of former profession­al boxer Nomvelo Magcaba.

“That boy is trained by Alex Mchunu who can easily change a southpaw boxer to be a successful orthodox,” said Hlula. Mchunu is the father to Thabiso “The Rock” Mchunu.

Action begins at 2pm.

 ?? /SUPPLIED ?? Promoter Hlengiwe Dladla is sandwiched by trainer Mabhuti Sinyabi and boxer Njabulo Buthelezi.
/SUPPLIED Promoter Hlengiwe Dladla is sandwiched by trainer Mabhuti Sinyabi and boxer Njabulo Buthelezi.

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