New home for boxing in Graskop

Kopano Dibakwane

A boxing tournament was held inside the Graskop town hall on 13th April.

Different boxing clubs from around Mpumalanga visited the town to participate in a highly entertaining boxing event, which was the first of its kind.

Local Graskop resident, also the chairperson of Mpumalanga Boxing Federation, Lance Gibson, said that the tournament was the beginning of many boxing matches to come, this follows the good news that a brand new boxing ring is now available in Graskop.

Gibson also said that six hours were spent in assembling the ring before the tournament commenced.

“We are doing boxing trials. We expect fighters from Nkangala District (mainly Witbank, Middleburg, Siyabuswa, and Ogies), Gert Sibande (Standerton, Ermelo, and Sasol), and Ehlanzeni. I also invited the Mayor of Thaba Chweu.

There’s a national boxing league that starts in May, Each province puts a team. Our team is called the Mpumalanga Black Spiders. We have ten male boxers, including five females. Today’s trials are to determine who will be selected in each weight category – 19 years an older,” said Gibson.

He added that the tournament also gave a platform to young boxers in the development sides to take part, this was done during intermissions.

“The boxers have a chance to go all the way to the championship, be selected for the national team, international championships like the African Union Championships and the Olympics.

It’s fantastic to have a boxing ring in Graskop, our challenge for now its storage. It will stay in Graskop, but it belongs to the province. It’ll be used for provincial tournaments, trials, youth and junior championships.”

Local boxers – Wisdom Ngwenda and Wesley Gibson – also got a chance to display their individual talents to cheerful local supporters.

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