There is a hub of passionate young and hungry boxers coming out of the trenches of Khayelitsha.
Nqaba Dantile and Lwando Mtshontshi made their professional debuts at Vibrant Sports in Ottery on Saturday.
Sanctioned by Boxing South Africa, promoted by Jackie Brice Boxing Promotions, the Clash of the Titans – Tribute to Basil Brice, was a nine bout showcase with talented boxers from all over the country.
It was headlined by female rising superstar Simamkele Tutsheni, from Langa, fighting out of 9SAI military base in Khayelitsha. The provincial champion won her four-round international bantamweight bout via a points decision over Adidya Mimu of Malawi. Her record climbed up to five wins and one knockout in five fights.
The fighters, from Makhaza and Town-Two, Dantile and Mtshontshi entered the professional stage in phenomenal style. Coming out of the dressing rooms, they were accompanied by a crowd of boxing enthusiasts singing their hearts out.
Well conditioned, physically and mentally, the flashing lights and loud noises didn’t phase the two fighters. Right from the first round, until the fourth, these junior flyweight warriors exchanged gloves, setting the scene to the beginning of a triumphant battle night.
Dantile exhibited faster technical speed than Mtshontshi, consistently landing jabs and straight punches first. Mtshontshi often had to pursue him, focusing on finding the right timing. By the time he closed in, the rounds were frequently interrupted by the ringing bell.
Dantile won the fight via a points decision.
“I represent a place called Makhaza in Khayelitsha. This was my debut, my first fight. It is a win. I am happy,” said Dantile.
Mtshontshi demonstrated great resilience in absorbing blows and delivering powerful punches. However, his vulnerability came through when his guard faltered at critical moments.
Manager at 9Sai boxing gym, Welsh Macibela said Mtshontshi needed to be more consistent.
“He had a good fight. But what beat him was… he fights for a minute and relaxes for the rest of the fight. I think that is because it was his debut. He boxed like he was sparring. It’s little things he can work on in the gym that will help him to finish fights strong,” said Macibela.