SANABO tournament supervisor heaps praises for the MUT hosted boxing spectacle

Gerald Mokoena, right, with MUT’s Sport Deputy Director, and SANABO President, Siyabulela Mkwalo

The future of boxing in at least six of South Africa’s provinces looks bright. These was the view of Gerald Mokoena, a Tournament Supervisor at the South Africa National Boxing Organisation (SANABO), which is currently underway at the University’s Seme Hall. The tournament, which has been running from 12 December 2022, and ending on 15 December 2022,  is for boys and girls from 11 to 16 years of age. These aspiring boxers are from KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Gauteng, and Northern Cape.

Mokoena said he was impressed with the quality of the tournament, which he described as “very high, and excellent”. Mokoena said he was aware that these young boxers still had a lot to learn.

“The tournament was going to give the youngsters experience,” he said.

Mokoena was also pleased that the tournament included female boxers, which some provinces did not have in previous tournaments. He said the girls excelled in their matches.

“It was blow-by-blow. The standard was very high,” Mokoena said.

Mokoena said they would like to have all nine provinces participating in the tournament in future. Ironically, his home province, the Free State, was not in the tournament.

Also impressed by the standard of boxing in this tournament were Gerhard Rossouw, Team Manager of the Limpopo team, and Sandile Khumalo, a MUT student who is a boxer and coach. Rossouw said their boxers were doing well because they were looking after them. Rossouw said they did not rely upon the government, but had relationships with businesses, which sponsors the boxers.

Rossouw  said the future of their team was bright. He added that they were not only preparing their boxers for professional level, but for the many competitions that are available. Some of these are Commonwealth Games, Olympic Games, and All Africa Games. Rossouw said all these are opportunities that have dividends for boxers. They can earn money that they could use to support their studies, Rossouw said.

Like Mokoena, Khumalo also said the standard of boxing was high, and that the young boxers still had a lot to learn. He said they needed to improve their attacking skills and select their punches properly. There were not enough body punches, most of the attacks were directed at the head, Khumalo explained.