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Boxing South Africa Awards to leave a legacy in the City named after Nelson Mandela

By Nceba Dladla - Feb 1, 2018
Boxing South Africa Awards to leave a legacy in the City named after Nelson Mandela

NELSON Mandela Bay will be hosting Boxing South Award (BSA) Awards at the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth on Friday.

An upbeat BSA Nelson Mandela Bay Service Provider Mthunzi Mapitiza said boxing lovers from across the country should expect the best awards ever during the event which recognises male and female boxers, ring officials, trainers, managers, promoters and media personnel who excelled in and outside the ring, the previous year.

The awards are held in partnership with the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.

 “Minister of Sport (Thulas Nxesi) is coming, BSA Chief Executive Tsholofelo Lejaka, BSA Board Members and Management led by Chairperson Dr Peter Ngatane, MEC for Sport, Arts and Recreation (SRAC) Dr Pemmy Majodina and her officials from the Province and region, BSA Service Providers and ring officials from across the country will be joined by Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, in celebrating the best of South African pugilism,” a proud Mapitiza, who is a member of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) said.

These awards, coming at a time when there was relatively little activism in so far as boxing tournaments are concerned in Nelson Mandela Bay, something that has in fact been commonplace almost in the whole province last year, Mapitiza believes, could be a blessing to the city.

“The BSA awards came to reignite the firepower and will among boxing stakeholders in Mandela Bay, especially boxers and promoters. We expect them to be revived,” said Mapitiza, adding that Minister of Sport has also promised to leave a legacy in the city. 

“Ten Boxing Clubs we identified will receive from the Minister boxing equipment that will assist them sharpen the skills of their boxers, Mapitiza said, adding that this was Minister Nxesi’s promise to the city named after the icon of freedom and justice, the first democratically elected president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela who himself was a boxer in his youth.   

This year has seen at least three boxers coming from the province, Zolani “Last Born” Tete (WBO World bantamweight kingpin), Azinga “Golden Boy” Fuzile SA, IBF Continental Africa Featherweight champion and SA Welterweight titlist Thulani “Tulz Evolution” Mbenge vying for Boxer of The Year Award accolade against Gauteng’s SA and IBO world/WBC Youth and WBA Pan African Cruiserweight champion Kevin “The KO Kid” Lerena in what is surely making it difficult to pick the outright winner.   

Female Boxer of the Year competition is between Noni Tenge, Mapule Ngubane and Bukiwe Nonina, who all have shined in their bouts in 2017.