The glory days of boxing in Limpopo are certainly gone, this used to be the home of champions, I’m talking about renowned boxers here.

Prior to democracy, the province produced a large number of boxers who turned professional, generally, boxing used to compete with soccer in this province back in the years.

I am pleading with the authorities at the Limpopo Department of Sports Arts and Culture lead by Nakedi Kekana to revive the long-lost happy days of boxing in the province.

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Boxing sports instill discipline in a boy child in particular. The Department should also encourage schools to have it as part of their annual athletics activities.

LIMPOPO HAS PRODUCED WORLD BOXING CHAMPS

Talking about incredible boxers hailing from Africa’s Eden, Phillip “Time bomb” Ndou. He remains the only South African boxer to have fought the Word Champion Floyd Mayweather in one the most talked about bouts in the boxing circles of this country.

During his prime time, Ndou went as far as representing the country during the Olympic games in Atlanta.

Under the watch of coach and promoter the late Nick Durandt, he brought the best out of Ndou. He also made it his priority that the flag of Limpopo rises higher.

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Meanwhile, we also had good boxers like Isaac “The angel” Hlatswayo, who was involved with the sport between 2000 and  2013. He held the IBF welterweight title in 2009, and the IBO lightweight and welterweight titles between 2005 and 2008.

One boxer who also deserves a mention is Cassius “Hit Man” Baloyi. The Malamulele born also boast incredible record of wins.  Trained by his father, Eric Baloyi, he became one of the best boxers in this country.

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There was also a promising boxer Muvhuso Nedzanani. His career was cut short following his involvement in a life-threatening car accident, the pint-sized boxer took no prisoners.  Boxers like Ndifelani “Terminator” Manyelele, Ntshengedzeni “Huggerboy” Netshivhera, Phathutshedzo “Champ” Dongola, and Tendani “Killer” Munyai also contributed immensely to the sport.

Tshiawelo Boxing Promotion looked promising in terms of promoting more boxers in the province, but to date they are untraceable.

Limpopo, the home of boxing, is sorely missed.

Khathu Mafadza.

*Mafadza is a former sports journalist at Northern Media Group. He writes this Opinion piece in his personal capacity.