“We are expecting close to a hundred boxers to be in attendance”
Home Defenders Boxing Club will stage their first inter-club boxing tournament next week, on Saturday, April 6 at the Mayibuye Centre in Galeshewe. The tournament starts at 12 noon.
Club president Archie Jack told the DFA that the planned tournament is part of a series of novice championships which are held for boxers who are just starting out in the sport, as well as those who have less than five fights under the belt.
“It is open boxing with no money involved,” Jack said.
A list of participating clubs that have been invited to take part in the tournament has been released, they are: Freedom Boxing Academy, NC Boxing Academy and Just Do It. All these clubs are from Kimberley, but other invited clubs include Blossom from Warrenton, Motaung and Sishen from the Kgalagadi district as well as Bossasa Boxing Club from De Aar and Amarok from Bloemfontein.
The first tournament in this series was held a fortnight ago at the NC Boxing Academy’s centre in Beaconsfield and next Saturday’s tournament will feature cadets, juniors, youth and senior categories.
“We are expecting close to a hundred boxers to be in attendance,” Jack said, adding that admission to the tournament will be a very reasonable R10 for all ages.
The president further explained that the tournament will use the “last man standing” principle meaning that if there are more match-ups in one category then all those boxers in that grouping will box each other until the final winner in that category is determined.
Jack said the hosts will be putting their trust for honours next week in boxers like Tshepo Fish, Marcel Kwes, the 2018 national silver medalist, Motsamai Fischer, Nceba Mayekiso, Frans Blom, Katlego Mabilo, Oratile Rapoo, Sihle Cimilanga and Tebogo Ntumela to mention a few.
”We are going to start where we left off last year in September. We are going to maintain our position as the best boxing club in the province,” he added.