Pro-boxing gains momentum locally 

SHARE   |   Monday, 16 October 2017   |   By Ontametse Sugar
Kutlwano Ogaketse (in Red) throwing punch at SA's Sifiso Hlogwane Kutlwano Ogaketse (in Red) throwing punch at SA's Sifiso Hlogwane

Botswana hosted the Africa Boxing Championship under the banner of Fox Sports and The Grand Palm Hotel on October 11. The first fight was between Botswana’s Tshephang Babui and South Africa’s Nyiko Ndukula and they finished with a draw for the International Featherweight Contest. Kutwlano Ogaketse from Botswana and Sifiso Hlongwane from South Africa battled it out in the International Super Featherweight Contest. Ogaketse emerged the winner on unanimous decision. The other bout was between Tefo Letshikgwane from Botswana and Rofhiwa Nemushungwa. Letshikgwane became the winner on a split decision as they were fighting in the International Catchweight 54kg title.  Botswana’s Kgomotso Bok, who was also the last Motswana to fight, broke the winning spree by Botswana boxers’ even though he fought incredibly well. Bok is one of the most experienced professional boxers that Botswana has and after battling it out in the six rounds International Junior Flyweight Contest South African Percy Mkhize won with a slight margin of 57 points to Bok’s 54 points. There were only two title bouts in the championship where the other title was got by South African Ayanda Nkosi from his fellow country man Jeffery Magagane who was the crowd’s favourite. Nkosi left Botswana as the WBA Pan African Lightweight title holder. Another South African Rofhiwa Maemu denied Namibian Immanuel Andeleki the chance of becoming WBA Pan African Featherweight Champion as he fought his way to the crown in the exciting 12 rounds. Rofhiwa expressed his excitement for the title. “I came here to get a belt and I got away with one, and fighting in Botswana is more like fighting at home so it is always a pleasure,” he said.   

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