Thovhele Vho-Gole Mphaphuli hands over a trophy to the champion, Rofhiwa "Warchild" Maemu.

Maemu crowned as Royal boxing champion


A South African Junior lightweight non-title fight was won by Rofhiwa “War Child” Maemu when he defeated Thembani Hobyane on points during the Royal Boxing Challenge held at the Sibasa 2Ten Hotel last Friday. 

The third annual tournament was staged by Nzhelele Women Sports Promoters. Thovhele Vho-Gole Mphaphuli, who attend the tournament, said to the boxers that they should train hard to excel in the sport. He praised the promoter, Ms Mashudu Nekokwane, who came up with the idea of producing young boxers.

Ms Nekokwane, chairperson of the promoting body, said her aim was to develop rural young people, keep the youth off the streets and prevent them from abusing alcohol. “I saw huge talent around Vhembe and came up with the idea of developing boxers.” 

Maemu said that although he was nervous at first, he enjoyed his career. “It also put my name in the spotlight, because I was unknown and a dwarf among the giants in the boxing fraternity. I was frustrated when many boxing promoters’ businesses collapsed around the province.”

In the main supporting bout for the vacant provincial lightweight title, Tshifhiwa “Timer” Munyai lost to Prince Ndlovu on points.

Tshifhiwa “Spider” Munyai won on points against Kabelo Bititsha from Gauteng in the lightweight non-title fight over eight rounds. Dion Mmbubane was beaten on a technical knockout by Gerald Titus in the featherweight division. Gregory Mello emerged as the champion in the bantamweight division when he beat Khayalethu Mbhedje. Takalani Ramuedi was beaten by TKO by Lindokuhle Dlamini in the lightweight division. In the flyweight division, Rofhiwa Maphupha overpowered Jenson Mudzanani.



Tshifhiwa Ndou (left) and Prince Ndlovu in action.


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Date:09 January 2020 - By: Kaizer Nengovhela

Kaizer Nengovhela

Kaizer Nengovhela started writing stories for Limpopo Mirror more than a decade ago, in 2 000. Prior to that he had a five year stint at Phala-Phala FM as sports presenter. In 2005 Kaizer received an award from the province's premier as Best Sports Presenter. The same year he was also nominated as Best Sports Reporter by the Makhado Municipality. Kaizer was awarded the Mathatha Tsedu award in 2014.



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