LIMPOPO – Female bantamweight champion, Bukiwe Anaconda Nonina, knocked out her competition when she bagged the Female Boxer of the Year Award at the Boxing South Africa (BSA) Awards.
The awards which took place in Durban recently honours boxers, trainers and other stakeholders who did exceptionally well in various aspects of the sport last year.
Nonina made history when she became SA’s first female bantamweight boxer to defend her title five times in a row.
Along with the trophy, she also received a cash prize of R15 000.
Her trainer and manger, Emmanuel Mutavhatsindi, said this award marks her ascent to the top of South African boxing.
“Although this award is a welcome nod of appreciation, it did not come as a complete surprise to us as she has successfully defended her title as female bantamweight champion successfully five times. According to BSA law, she is now the owner of that title as she defended it successfully five times in a row.
“The honour will be hers until the day she dies and we are ready to take on the best boxers in the world,” he said.
“She will face off against Alesia Graf from Germany in March, the fight is set to take place in Cape Town (Khayelitsha). She is more than ready for the challenge and spends every day in the gym preparing.
“She has 10 wins, three losses and a draw to her name and has held the title for female bantamweight champion since 2012 and we plan to claim another top award next year.
“I thank the Limpopo MEC for Sport, Onicca Moloi, for the support she has given Nonina, it really means a lot that she was there when Nonina received her award,” Mutavhatsindi added.
Nonina said she is ready to face Graf in the rink. “I have watched videos of her fights, that along with my home ground advantage is sure to give me a head start against this top boxer and former world champion from Germany,” Nonina said confidently.
Two years ago Nonina outclassed her Zimbabwean counterpart, Diana Makumbe, with a unanimous decision during a boxing tournament in Giyani Town Hall.
“Makumbe was a closed book to me because I could not obtain videos of her previous 12 fights so I was going in blind. She released powerful punches which is why I always closed the gap to avoid it. I should have put her down with a technical knockout (TKO) in the third round, but she didn’t make it that easy.
“I kept up my pace and eventually beat her with upper cut jabs. My perseverance will come in handy as a face the world’s best boxers,” she said.