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Freedom Club off to wipe smiles off Tigers’ faces

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Promoter Brad Delport said the local boxing tournament was called off to allow their prospects to write their end of year examinations

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Knockout specialist Tshepang Tshesebe (15) will feature on the inter-club bill for Freedom Boxing club’s outing to Bethlehem on Saturday alongside the club’s seven other promising prospects, which include the tactical fighter Lebohang Mohosh.

The outing to the Free State is happening in the place of the cancelled local youth tournament which was billed for the Northern Cape Boxing Club’s arena in Beaconsfield last weekend.

Promoter Brad Delport said the local boxing tournament was called off to allow their prospects to write their end of year examinations.

Freedom Boxing Club manager and trainer Raymond Kgang Mothobi said they will be part of the boxing extravaganza hosted by Bethlehem’s Smiling Tiger Boxing Club.

The same Smiling Tigers that were part of a five club bill a fortnight ago at Kimberley’s Mayibuye Centre.

The hard-punching Tshesebe, who fights in the 54kg division, comes in for particular mention as he won two fights by knockout in Galeshewe, both knockouts inside the first round.

“I have groomed him (Tshesebe) from when he was 10 years old. I am sure that he be among the boys who will bring us medals from Bethlehem,” said Mothobi.

He said Mohosh will be going into his second fight as an amateur since joining Mothobi’s stable. Mohosh acquitted himself very well thus far.

Of Freedom Club’s nine fighters who will travel to Bethlehem Mothobi will introduce two new boxers namely Tumelo Nako (12) and Bonga Williams (10) who will have their first forays in the ring. “I have seen these two spar and think they are medal contenders that is why they are going (to Bethlehem).”

The rest of the stable includes southpaw Tshepo Nkosi (11) with a record three fights with two wins and one loss. Nkosi will do battle in the 32kg division, while Siyabonga van Wyk (10) will join him in the weight division.

Bringing up the Free State bill will be Elrico van Wyk in the 25kg division who will have his second fight in the Free State. He already has one points win under his belt gained at the last tournament in Galeshewe.

Mothobi will also give trials to Elrico Pietersen (10) in the 32 kg division and Thamsanqa Sikhosana (10) in the 28 kg weight class.