Mdantsane City searches for new boxing stars

(Mdantsane) – Through sheer hard work and determination, Mdantsane has built a proud reputation of being South Africa’s boxing mecca – and now, thanks to a new initiative, more young pugilists have the chance of being thrust into the spotlight.

RINGSIDE SEAT: Young pugilists in action during a previous boxing tournament held at Mdantsane City Shopping Centre in the Eastern Cape’s boxing mecca of Mdantsane. (Photo: Supplied)

Over the years, the urban township, 15 kilometres from East London, has spawned numerous national and international boxing champions, including former IBF super bantamweight champion Vuyani “The Beast” Bungu and retired IBF world bantamweight champion Welcome Ncita.

Hoping to build on that status, and possibly uncover future superstars, Mdantsane City Shopping Centre is hosting a boxing competition which takes place on Saturday, October 21, and concludes with the finals on October 28.

According to organisers, the tournament has already generated immense interest among boxing clubs in Mdantsane, and even further afield in Buffalo City.

“The contest contributes towards sports development in South Africa, which is a vital aspect in instilling discipline amongst the youth,” said Mdantsane City marketing manager Wendy Zitha.

“Most importantly, it drives youngsters away from a life of crime. The upliftment of the standard of living in our community really matters to us,” said Zitha.

The competition is open to all boxing clubs, schools and sports lovers, who stand a chance of winning prizes, including medals and trophies worth R10 000, sponsored by Mdantsane City.

In each of the age groups – juniors, youth and senior amateurs – there will be gold medals for the winner and silver for the runner-up. There are also miniature trophies for the best bout, male and female.

Each bout will consist of three rounds, lasting three minutes for seniors and two minutes for junior and youth boxers.

The club that collects the most points becomes the overall winner across all age groups.

Spectators are welcome at the event, which is free to the public and takes place in the mall parking lot opposite Entrance 1. The tournament runs from 10am to 4pm on both Saturdays.

For more information on how to enter, contact Mdantsane City marketing manager Wendy Zitha on 043 762 4110 or 084 410 4538, or e-mail wendy@mdantsanecity.co.za.