Bell defends title against Muleba with TKO

Rollen Muleba fights with Skhathele Ngwenya.

POLOKWANE – National champion female boxer, Nosipho Bell, defeated Raider Muleba to defend her Light Weight title for the third time.

The Eastern Cape based boxer, Bell, won the fight by Technical Knock-Out in the eighth round after the referee stopped the fight.

The fight between Bell and Muleba was the main bout in the female boxing tournament held at Seshego outside Polokwane on Friday.

The female boxing tournament came at a time when the country celebrates women’s month. Twelve female boxers from various parts of the country and outside the country exchanged blows. Some boxers were from Zimbabwe, Uganda and DRC.

“I worked very hard considering the fact that I was not fighting at home. It wasn’t an easy walk in the park and I can safely say I respect Raider for her resilience,” she said.

Raider Muleba said she was going back to the gym to prepare for a rematch.

“I’m worried because I was thinking that I’m going to finish the fight until the referee rings the final whistle. I’m going to work hard from this week until I get a rematch,” said Raider.

The tournament was staged by female promoter, Modipadi Kgasago of Mama-Rocks Boxing Promotions. She said her plan is to stage another tournament in December.

MEC of Sport, Onicca Moloi and the Chairperson of Boxing South Africa, Muditambi Ravele.

“I’m happy with the outcome and I think we will have more support in another tournament,” she said.

Mama-Rocks worked in partnership with the Limpopo Department of Sports, who vowed to invest more money in boxing.

“We are also approaching the private sector so we can get money and partner with the promoters to resucitate boxing to its former glory,” said Onicca.

The Chairperson of Boxing South Africa, Muditambi Ravele, urged other provincial government departments to partner with promoters from their provinces in order to capacitate boxing throughout the country.

In another fight of the night, Rolen Muleba fought Skhathele Ngwenya, and Bonita van Jaarsveld beat Bongani Vuyeka by points. Bonita exchanges blows with Vuyeka.

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