Major boxing tournament to celebrate Fort Hare University’s 100 years

BY NCEBA DLADLA - APRIL 22, 2016

ANDILE Sidinile’ Sijuta Boxing Promotions in conjunction with Fort Hare University presents a major boxing tournament billed as "100 not OUT" in celebration of the university’s 100 years at the Orient Theatre in East London this Friday 22 April. The first bout starts at 7pm.

In the main bout is an International featherweight contest over 10 rounds between former International Boxing Organization (IBO) and World Boxing Association (WBA) Super World Featherweight Champion Simphiwe “V12” Vetyeka of South Africa and Tsuyoshi Tameda from Japan.

Duncan Village, East London’s Vetyeka,  31 fights, 28 wins, 17 by way of Knock Out and three defeats, who beat Daud Yordan for the Super WBA featherweight championship and defended it successfully against the great Chris John of Indonesia only to controversially lose the title to Noni Donaire who had since lost it to Nicholas Walters, would like to face the current champion in the not too distant future. A win against the little known Japanese, Tameda  with 16 fights, 13 wins (11K0s) two stalemates and single loss, is a must if Vetyeka wants to entertain any hope of stepping into the ring with a world champion again.

Tameda, however, is not pushover, as his record shows. According to promoter Sidinile, the man is coming here to fight. He also carries the ambition of fighting for the world championship, and so would like to use Vetyeka as a stepping stone.    

In a fight for the Vacant WBA Pan-African Junior bantamweight title over 12 rounds, Luzuko Siyo (18fights-15wins-10KOs-3Losses) of East will square off against Japanese Yohei Tobe (12-9-5-2).

A humdinger is expected between East London’s crowd puller and IBO world champion Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndongeni  and his foe Tanzania’s  Emilio Norfat in a 10 round International Lightweight contest.

The Gauteng-based Eastern Cape pugilist Ndongeni who is under the tutelage of Colin “Nomakanjani” Nathan at HotBox Gym has been promised a crack at the prestige WBA of IBF world titles by Golden Gloves Production (GGP) boss Rodney Berman should he win in style against Nofart.   

In another WBA Pan-African Middleweight title fight, over 10 rounds, East London’s Giovanni Bushby (champion EL) will defend against Gauteng Province’s Challenger, Alfonso Tussen and Uitenhage’s Mzwabantu Dabaza will fight against East London’s Nhlahla Mngamntwini for the vacant WBA Pan African Flyweight title fight over 12 rounds.

In the other bouts, Former IBF world champion Nkosinathi Joyi (Mdantsane) versus Luyanda Kwankwa (Cape Town) over 8 rounds in the Flyweight division; in the Middleweight over 6 rounds, Siphiwe Lusizi (Mdantsane) vs Myolisi Xayo (Cape Town) and in the Jnr featherweight division over 6 Rounds, Sinethemba Bam (Capetown) vs Asiphe Ntshili (Mdantsane).