Sandile Khumalo is not a typical boxer. The sport is dominated by stories of troubled youth who use boxing as the only escape from their circumstances, along with popular stories of successful boxers who come from a family of boxers. To be a boxer with a university qualification is uncharacteristic of the sport; more so when that qualification is in Accounting.
But for Khumalo, who is reading for an Advanced Diploma in Accounting at Mangosuthu University of Technology (MUT), this unlikely combination of academic and physical abilities is about to send him to boxing stardom. On 25 September 2022, Khumalo will jet off to Turkey to compete in the Fédération Internationale du Sport Universitaire (FISU) World University Games. He qualified to compete in Turkey after winning the University Sports South Africa (USSA) tournament, which took place from 29 April to 3 May 2022.
Khumalo continued with his excellent performance in all his fights after the USSA tournament. He won two gold medals in the KwaZulu-Natal Elite Boxing Tournament at Camperdown, on 25 June 2022, and the South African National Boxing Organisation (SANABO) Youth and Elite Men and Women Championships, in East London. This latter tournament took place from 6 to 10 July 2022.
Khumalo, a bantamweight boxer, said he was well-prepared for the tournament.
“I am fit and training well. The University has paid for me to use the Mabhida Prime Training Centre. I started training there at the beginning of August. I am working with special trainers I am following a special programme they made for me. They monitor my progress,” said Khumalo.
Khumalo said he was doing extra sparring sessions at gyms around Durban.
The tournament in Turkey will end on 5 October 2022.