Local boxers get international exposure

21st February 2018
FIGHTER IN ACTION: Local boxers compete on Friday Source:The Midweek Sun


By Sun Reporter - Reporter

 Three local boxers are expected to compete in the international Fox Sports Africa boxing in Mbabane, Swaziland this Friday. The international boxing bill follows a simillar event that was held in Gaborone last year December. Fox Sports,a global leader in premium sports broadcasting continues to pack a mean punch with its fifth edition of Africa Boxing which includes multiple events.

The boxing bill will be beamed to the European and American markets giving countries like Botswana much needed exposure in professional boxing. The Friday bill will see Africa’s finest up and coming boxers take to the ring at The Royal Swazi Spa, and will be broadcast across 22 countries in Africa, and distributed to more than two million Fox Sports subscribers across Africa. Through a statement Kyle de Klerk, Director of Commercial and Business, FOX Sports Africa said, “The Africa Boxing fight bill for the 23rd of February sees two South African champions defend their titles.

Ayanda Nkosi will be defending his WBA Pan African Lightweight Title over 12 rounds against Michael Odiambo (Kenya) while Rofhiwa Maemu will be defending his WBA Pan African Featherweight Title against Haidari Mchanjo (Tanzania). “With all the fights sanctioned by the WBA (World Boxing Association),  FOX Sports Africa is working closely with local boxing associations to broadcast exclusive high-quality production to its millions of local viewers. And we are excited to be taking boxing to our viewers all around the country and we have eight more boxing bonanza events planned for 2018”. Meanwhile, three local professional boxers from the D Scud boxing stable in Gaborone are expected to compete in Mbabane.

The three boxers include Kabelo Bagwasi (60kg), Kutlwano Ogaketse (58.6 kg) and Tshepang Babui (56kg). In an interview this week, D Scud headcoach Thuso ‘Scud missile’ Khubamang said preparation for the Friday event are going well. “We are currently in camp. We never took a break since the last event held in Gaborone. We are currently focusing on improving power on all the three boxers,” Khubamang said. A former professional boxer in his own right Khubamang said he is doing a lot of pad work and bags with all the boxers. “They need to have a spark of power in their punches. Ogaketse and Bagwasi will be competing in six round bouts against South African opponents while Babui will be competing in a four rounder (against SA).”

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