Nqot­hole puts un­beaten streak on the line

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UN­BEATEN Sikho Nqot­hole, who hails from the Al­lan Toweel Box­ing Academy, is re­garded as one of South Africa’s busiest su­per-fly­weight box­ers.

Since turn­ing pro­fes­sional in March 2017, he has been fight­ing every six weeks and his man­ager-trainer, Al­lan Toweel Jnr, has been en­cour­ag­ing him to take on fights in­stead of be­ing in­ac­tive.

Nqot­hole has had nine fights since last year and has still not reached his best, but is ac­tively learn­ing his trade as he con­tin­ues march­ing on, ac­cord­ing to Toweel.

Now he has the op­por­tu­nity of win­ning the WBA Pan African su­per-fly­weight ti­tle when he takes on Sun­day Kiwale of Tan­za­nia over 12 rounds on the Fox Sports Africa Box­ing tour­na­ment at Sibaya Casino & En­ter­tain­ment King­dom on June 27.

The Nqot­hole-Kiwale bout is one of two WBA Pan African ti­tles fea­tured on the seven-fight bill – the first ma­jor lo­cal box­ing tour­na­ment since the death in the ring of

In­ter­na­tional Wel­ter­weight 4 Rounds (66,68kg):

Kag­iso Bag­wasi (Botswana – Rec: De­but) v Muham­madi Sa­bata (Uganda – Rec: Lost 1)

In­ter­na­tional Feath­er­weight – 4 Rounds (57,15kg):

Ri­cardo Hi­ra­man (South Africa – Rec: Won 4, Lost 4) v Tshep­hang Babui (Botswana – Rec: Won 3, Lost 1, Drawn 2)

Va­cant WBA Pan African Su­per Fly­weight Ti­tle - 12 Rounds (52,16kg):

Sikho Nqot­hole (South Africa – Rec: Won 9) v Sun­day Kiwale (Tan­za­nia – Rec: Won 13, Lost 9, Drawn 4)

In­ter­na­tional Su­per Feath­er­weight 6 Rounds (58,97kg):

– Jeff Ma­ga­gane South Africa – Rec: Won

South Africa’s “Golden Boy” Brian Baronet 30 years ago.

The other ti­tle fight is be­tween South Africa’s de­fend­ing WBA Pan African light­weight cham­pion, Ayanda Nkosi and Tan­za­nia’s Cos­mos 8, Lost 3) v Kutl­wano Ogaketse (Botswana – Rec: Won 4)

In­ter­na­tional Cruis­er­weight – 6 Rounds (90,70kg):

Amos Tem­fuma (Zam­bia – Rec: Won 5, Lost 2, Drawn 1) v Jay­den Matthew (South Africa – Rec: Won 5, Lost 1, Drawn 2)

Elim­i­na­tion for Va­cant WBA Pan African Heavy­weight Ti­tle – 6 Rounds:

Jus­tice Siliga (South Africa – Rec: Won 6, Lost 6) v Marc Subra­money (South Africa – Rec: Won 5, Lost 1, Drawn 1)

WBA Pan Ti­tle (61,24kg): African Light­weight – 12 Rounds

Ayanda Nkosi (South Africa, cham­pion – Rec: Won 8, Lost 1) v Cos­mos Cheka (Tan­za­nia – Rec: Won 21, Lost 10, Drawn 5)

Cheka over 12 rounds.

“It’s his big­gest op­por­tu­nity so far in Sikho’s short pro­fes­sional ca­reer,” said Toweel from Jo­han­nes­burg late yes­ter­day.

“He has had a good am­a­teur record and is now car­ry­ing his po­ten­tial into the pro­fes­sional arena in just the same man­ner. He’s a hard-work­ing fighter with a good work-rate plus a good thinker when he is in the ring.”

Kiwale is a big puncher, ac­cord­ing to Toweel, who saw him in ac­tion in Turf­fontein against South Africa’s Dalux­olo Mang­co­tywa.

“He caught Mang­co­tywa with a clean punch and knocked him out. It was bru­tal and I’ve warned Sikho to be aware of him. We’ve re­peat­edly seen that footage so we know what to ex­pect,” Toweel said.

While Kiwale is a one-punch artist, Nqot­hole is not and will prob­a­bly take his op­po­nent through 12 rounds.

Toweel said that Nqot­hole has worked on all as­pects of his game plan and he ex­pects his man to win the fight and be crowned the cham­pion.

Tick­ets for the Fox Sports Africa Box­ing tour­na­ment at Sibaya Casino & En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre are avail­able from Com­puticket.

After com­ing off the bench last week to get his first cap for Eng­land, New Zealan­der Brad Shields will wear the No 6 jersey against the Boks to­mor­row.

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