Five boxers from the Highlands Boxing Club, in Graskop, have been selected for the Ehlanzeni District team, which will take part in the Mpumalanga Provincial Championships. The lads won gold and silver medals at the selection process which was conducted on May 9th at the Army Base in Nelspruit.
The Highlands Boxing Club is led by former professional boxer, Lance Gibson, who has assumed a generous position to mentor the youth, ensuring that they don’t get swallowed by daily challenges such as drugs and alcohol abuse, which pave the way to a life of crime.
Gibson said that the boys have shown great improvement, their commitment is reflected through many successful fights against opponents from other boxing clubs in Mpumalanga.
“It’s been a lot of hard work for them; they put up a good show. I’ve taken them to different competitions in places such as Daantjie and Bushbuckridge. I have also put them on the Park Run, which takes place in Graskop on Saturday mornings. The ultimate vision is to see the boys at the Olympic Games. They’ll hopefully be in the National team by the time they turn 19 years old,” said Gibson.
Rodney Serage joined the Highlands Boxing Club in 2017 and he has shown massive commitment to become one of the Club’s most impressive fighters. He scooped gold and was awarded the best junior boxer of the tournament on May 9th. Serage has identified the legendary knockout specialist, Mike Tyson, as his greatest inspiration.
“I love the sport and I know I can become better if I train harder. I want to be a champion and make it as a famous boxer. Mr Gibson has taught us to believe in ourselves, stay fit and become champs,” said Serage.
Other fighters, Emmanuel Ndlovu, Michael Mamabolo, Thapelo Mohlolo, Bonang Leshaba, won gold and silver medals respectively.
Gibson said the boys will take part at the Mpumalanga Provincial Championships at Mbombela Stadium on June 8th. The Highlands Boxing Club is home to current Mpumalanga Lightweight Champion, Wesley Gibson, who has been undefeated for the past ten years.