KNYSNA BOXING NEWS - Four boxers from Masiphakame Boxing Club have earned themselves spots in the upcoming national championships thanks to strong performances at the Western Cape Provincial Boxing Championships last month.
Masiphakame Boxing Club is based in Dam-se-Bos, and is run by Lwanda Madikane who not only ensures the club stays functional, but also boxes himself, with 19 years of boxing under the belt.
Masiphakame is one of the Eden District's strongest clubs, something they proved once again at the Western Cape championships from 23 to 25 August, with six Masiphakame boxers representing the district in Mossel Bay.
These boxers all put in high-quality performances, so much so that they all made it to the finals. All six fought hard and well in the finals, and four of them managed to win their bouts.
Anathi Mbhalo was crowned the Western Cape champion in the Middleweight Division, Athenkosi Bhiyana won the Ant Division, Asakhe Mlinjana won the Bantamweight Division, and finally Emihle Nelson retained her provincial title in the Pinweight Division.
Nelson will be heading to the national championships this month with the hope of retaining her national title, and Madikane has nothing but high praise for her. "I think Emihle is one of the most feared boxers in the Western Cape," Madikane said. "She boxes in her own unique style, and generally tires out her opponents or knocks them down in the first two rounds."
The four gold medals won by the Masiphakame boxers contributed to the Eden District's tally of eight gold medals that earned them second place at the provincial championships.
Masiphakame's boxers will be travelling to Limpopo on 22 September for the SA National Junior and Youth National Championships, hosted by the SA National Boxers Organisation, which is the body responsible for the curating of amateur boxing in the country.
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