Finest in parade

SHARE   |   Sunday, 08 February 2015   |   By Ontlametse Sugar
Botswana's finest: Oteng Oteng Botswana's finest: Oteng Oteng

• As Best of the Best returns
• Bagwasi brothers, Oteng to watch

Local elite boxers will on February 21st go pound-to-pound against each other to claim the best of the best title in their ranks. The Best of the Best tournament has become an annual crème de la crème boxing showcase where the best prevail.
Among the local boxers that will be taking part are Botswana’s finest Oteng Oteng from UB club and the Bagwasi brothers - Kagiso and Kabelo - from Diamond Trading Company Boxing Club (DTCB).  The men that have been selected, being beaters in their own vocations, will definitely give show stopping encounters.
The national team coach Khumiso Ikgopoleng said though they are still looking for a highly accessible venue for the tournament, preparations are going on very well. Being a competition that only features the best in the country, it will take two days, and Ikgopoleng said it is very good in preparing the athletes for the national team competitions that they will embark on.
“We are only taking the best in the country, which is why it is termed the best of the best. We have four from each club, and those are highly performing boxers,” he said.
Among the pugilists that will also be taking part in this highly esteemed event are talented experienced pugilists Mmusi Tswiige, Thabang Motsewabeng, Ithuteng Morake and the Bagwasi brothers among the nation’s cream that will be there.
National team boxing assistant coach Thebe Setlalekgosi, who is also the DTCB trainer, said though they take national championships gold and silver medallists and the other most outstanding two from each club, what they do is that gold and silver medallists are separated when they make categories of who fights who.
“They (boxers) are still going through physical preparation, and this competition will be very helpful to them, so we expect very interesting fights from the nation’s finest,” Setlalekgosi said.
The Bagwasi brothers will be the ones to look at in this event considering how the brothers have shown tremendous growth in the past years. Under his record, the younger Bagwasi, Kabelo defied all odds last year when he beat two time SCASSA gold winner from Lesotho Mohlerepe Qobosheane, totally outplaying the experienced pugilist. His fearless elder brother Kagiso always gives show stopping fights with his never-ending jabs, and it will be very interesting to watch how 2015 will be like for these brothers who are aiming to compete in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympics.

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