Women boxing tournament at Ekurhuleni

23 Aug 2012

On 25 August, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM) will host an all women boxing tournament at the Brakpan Indoor Sports Centre.

Main bout – South African Middleweight title fight Julie Tshabalala (defending champion) and Lillian Molala (challenger)

Dubbed ‘Power to the Women’, the tournament is brought by EMM and Zantsi’s Showtime Boxing Promotion (SBP).

Boxing fans will be treated to non-stop action when Gabisile Tshabalala (SA Champ Gauteng) takes on Nomvelo Mgcaba (Challenger KwaZulu-Natal) in the SA Junior Feather Weight 55.34kg main bout (Title Fight) while Bukiwe Nonina (SA Champ North West) will square up with Precious Mphahlele (Challenger Limpopo) in the Main Support Bout, SA Bantam Title Fight.

Seven more fights are billed for the day with an elimination bout.

The tournament forms part of Women’s Month celebrations and serves to acknowledge and recognise women who have played a significant role in taking South Africa from colonisation to liberation.

Women whose legacy continues to inspire the nation, women who played a pivotal role in our struggle for democracy and also in fighting all forms of discrimination against women, while encouraging those that still need a big push to appreciate their strength, their ability to multitask and still give their best to the world, according to EMM.

This is the second year that SBP and the City of Ekurhuleni partnered to host the showpiece after the successful hosting of the tournament last year.

It features female officials as referees, judges, time keepers, ring announcer and promoters.

The historic event marks Zantsi’s Showtime Boxing Promotion’s 5thSA All Female Boxing Tournament since the first ‘All Female Boxing Tournament’ that took place at the Durban ICC in 2007, where Showtime introduced the first group of girls to professional boxing, the likes of Noni Tenge, Unathi Myekeni, Bomikazi and Almeida.

Showtime Promotions is driven by the first and only female boxing promoter in the country, Mbali Zantsi.

The company has made tremendous strides in this male dominated industry and has produced more than 20 SA and World Champs in male and female bouts. 

“Given the same chances or opportunities women can be anything they aspire to be. 

“This is basically levelling the playing field for women. It is also in appreciation of our democratic government that recognises the value and strength of women in South Africa and the world over and the main aim is to produce the likes of Noni (She Bee) Tenge who is currently the world champ,”  says promoter Mbali Zantsi.

New South African Title Holders Julie Tshabalala (Middleweight) and Rita Mrwebi (Welterweight) couldn’t retain their joy after being announced the new champs in their bouts at the Women’s Boxing tournament held in Kempton Park.

She says they intend to produce more champions and sustain their development and turn them into international competitors of note thereby making them South African ambassadors.

According to EMM Executive Mayor Clr Mondli Gungubele, there could not have been a better way to celebrate women and their strength in pushing for new frontiers than through a boxing tournament of this nature.

 “Women will showcase their prowess and assert that they can indeed be anything they want to be through a sport that has been male-dominated for a long time.”

Gungubele’s sentiments were echoed by Ekurhuleni’s Member of the Mayoral Committee for Sport Clr Zeni Tshongweni who expressed delight at the municipality’s participation once again.

“We are pleased to play a role in ensuring that the sport of boxing in particular is returning to its former glory where people used to pack halls just to see one fight.”

Tshongweni explains that through this partnership, they are giving back to the community and its women.

“We want to see the development of a continuous programme that will assist in the grooming of youth in schools and in the community and ascertain that there is a pool of boxers and athletes from the City of Ekurhuleni that can compete nationally and internationally,” states Tshongweni.

The tournament promises to keep boxing fans off their seats as the girls bring the house down.

Entrance for women and children is free and R20.00 for men.

For more info contact Mbali Zantsi President of Showtime on 082 688 3326 or email mbalimx@gmail.com

The City of Ekurhuleni can be contacted through Sam Modiba (spokesperson) at 072 515 3022 or email him at: samuel.modiba@ekurhuleni.gov.za

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