Nqothole puts unbeaten streak on the line
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.
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