News agency, Cape Town, South Africa
Tuesday December 18th 2018

Million Dollar Baby’s get in the ring

Ntombi Zenzire, 16, fron Atlantis, gets her bloody nose staunched in between rounds. Zenzire went on to win her bout. Photo: Peter Luhanga/WCN

Just like the movie featuring Hilary Swank as a woman boxer, there are a whole lot of Million Dollar Baby’s in Cape Town’s townships.

At an amateur boxing tournament in Du Noon last weekend eight girls from 13 to 20-years-old got into the ring, some of them getting black eyes and bloody lips in the process.

The City of Cape Town sponsored tournament in the Inkwenkwezi Secondary school hall on Saturday saw 44 boys and the eight girls taking part, with the bouts being watched by a crowd of about 200 parents and friends who urged them on.

Although the boxers from Atlantis, Joe Slovo, Langa, Khayelitsha and Du Noon, among others, wore protective head gear, blood flowed as the punches flew thick and fast during the rounds which lasted 20 seconds each

And parents didn’t seem to be too concerned about their daughters taking part in the hard-hitting sport.

Nosanda Thamela, 34, whose daughter Phumza was beaten in the ring, said she loved to see her daughter fight.

Boxing prevented her daughter from getting into trouble and getting involved with drugs or boys, said Thamela.

“My daughter is always busy, from school she goes to training, she is not involved in bad things,” said Thamela, adding that other girls have followed her daughter in taking up boxing as a sport.

“There are several girls that have joined boxing and are training with my daughter.”

Mother Abigail Siphosethu, 33, said although the boxers sometimes got bloody noses, torn lips or black eyes, they did not seriously hurt each other.

“They are not hurting each other, boxing is a sport,” said Siphosethu.

Du Noon teen boxer Nokubonga Smith, 15, who was beaten by her opponent Ntombi Zenzire, 16, from Atlantis, said she lost the fight because Zenzire managed to duck her punches.

But even though she lost and had a swollen left eye as a result, Smith said she felt good about having fought in the ring as it was her first bout.

“I look at boxing as my future. I want to become a professional boxer,” she said.

Dumisani Klaas, an SADF soldier and executive member of Du Noon’s Inkwenkwezi Might Hero Boxing Club said the boxing tournament was organised to promote boxing and develop the youths through sport.

Klaas said the sport taught the children discipline and that it was the best way to stop bullying among kids.

Sugar Nginaza, coach for Sugar Jazz Boxing Club based in Joe Slovo near Milnerton, said boxing took the youths off the street.

“We are keeping the youths busy with sports,” said Nginaza.

Nginaza said the only problem was that a lack of resources made it difficult to grow the sport properly amongst youngsters. — Peter Luhanga, West Cape News

Tags: atlantis, boxing, Du Noon, hilaryswank, Joe Slovo, Khayelitsha, langa

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One Response to “Million Dollar Baby’s get in the ring”

  1. Dear Sir / Ma’am.

    We need continued support of this kind in our Club in order to develop in taking ownership of our youth as sport in Dunoon community so to keep them away from court,drugs and let them focus on education.

    In our special meetings as Team Exco we believe we can achieve this initiative by support of public figure like newspaper in order to encourage youth and other people so we can get Donations and sponsors to achieve our goals.

    We going to have another Fundraising Tournament by 30th July 2016, we also want to encourage woman participation so they can find boxing skills at take boxing further. We would like to have someone to support this and our future events by putting our work on media.

    Thanks you.

    Kind Regards
    Secretary General ” Boxing ”
    Mr. Anga Jubase

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