Boxers claim bragging rights at fight night

Luqmaan Hartley, right, sizes, decides and delivers a body shot to Uzair Regal, during Phenomenal Promotions boxing tournament at the Sunningdale sports complex. Picture: Lonwabo Marele

Phenomenal Promotions hosted the Bragging Rights boxing tournament in front of a packed crowd at the Sunningdale sports complex earlier this month.

The event on May 6 featured 14 bouts with the main event being between crowd favourite Farhaaz Sayed Ismail and Envir Sait.

Sayed, who hails from Ottery and is now based in Australia, managed to secure victory over Sait, from Mitchell’s Plain, through points in a thrilling and hard-fought bout. The two fighters showed great skill and determination, with the crowd on the edge of their seats until the final bell. Sayed’s experience and technique proved to be the deciding factor.

Another main bout at the event was between Saarah Karriem, from Retreat, and Anzel Kellerman, from Kuils River. Karriem who is considered one of the most promising young talents in Western Cape boxing, managed to secure the amateur exhibition belt in a closely contested bout. Both fighters showed great skill and determination, with Karriem ultimately emerging victorious and further cementing her status as a rising star in the sport.

Organisers of the event also announced that they would be making a donation to Islamic Relief, a humanitarian organisation that works to alleviate poverty and suffering in over 40 countries around the world. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds from the event would be going towards the people of Türkiye and Syria, who have suffered greatly due to a recent earthquake in the region.

Referee Oscar Noels lifts the hand of an emotional Saarah Karriem, following a majority points decision win over Anzel Kellerman. Kariem was crowned the new amateur exhibition champion at the Sunningdale sports complex on Saturday. Picture: Lonwabo Marele
On Saturday night, the boxing world witnessed a thrilling display of raw talent and determination as Steve Newton boxing club’s Calvin Ngumbi, left, won via unanimous points against Yaseen Adams. Despite their age, these fighters showed a maturity and skill beyond their years, captivating the audience with lightning-fast jabs and bone-crunching hooks. Picture: Lonwabo Marele
Never too late… Veteran boxer, Leslie Spike Brooker, left, started his boxing career in 1977. On Saturday, he had his last round of his ‘ou toppies’ boxing bout against Jason Mynhardt at Phenomenal Promotion’s Bragging Rights exhibition tournament in Sunningdale. At the age of 60, he has over 100 fights and remains in good health. He won via a points decision over Mynhardt. Picture: Lonwabo Marele
Referee Oscar Noels lifts the hand of the winner of the main bout, Farhaaz Sayed. The professional boxer won via a points decision over opponent, Envir Sait. Picture: Lonwabo Marele
Envir ‘Rock Steady’ Sait from Rocklands lifts his hands proudly after his defeat to Phenom Boxing Academy’s Farhaaz Sayed, in Sunningdale, last Saturday.
Team Phenom Boxing Academy celebrates a successful boxing event, dubbed ‘Bragging Rights’ at the Sunningdale sports complex last Saturday. Picture: Lonwabo Marele