Local female bantamweight boxer Seani Morite is confident of winning her debut fight. Photo: Victor Mukwevho.

Seani to make her debut in Johannesburg


Local female bantamweight boxer Seani Morite is set to make her professional boxing debut against Lee-Ann Janse Van Vuuren at the Klipriviersberg Recreation Hall on 22 June.

Morite, brimming with confidence, said that she was very optimistic about her chances of winning in the upcoming fight, despite not knowing much about her opponent. Morite’s confidence stems from her rigorous training regimen, which includes sparring with male boxers at the gym.

“Naturally, men hit harder than women, and if you go through five rounds with male boxers during the sparring sessions, you must know that you are fit and strong,” she said. “It is all systems go for me, and I am even ready to fight her now.”

Her trainer and manager, John “Smoking Joe” Nemakonde, has intensified the training sessions after three of his boxers recently lost their fights in Cape Town. Determined to ensure better results, Nemakonde has taken a no-nonsense approach.

“Despite the fact that we don’t have boxing equipment in the gym, we are going to work harder. We need no equipment to do push-ups, roadwork, and stomach exercises. I read them the riot act in the gym on Monday this week. You either work harder or you jump ship. I have no space for boxers who are not dedicated to the sport here,” he said.



Date:16 June 2024

By: Victor Mukwevho

Victor Mukwevho Ne-vumbani joined the Mirror during it's inception in 1990. He joined the SABC newsroom in 1995, and was known by  listeners as "A u fhedzisela ari". He was a news editor for The Tembisan Newspaper from 2007 to 2015. He rejoined the Limpopo Mirror newspaper in June 2022 as a freelance journalist.

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