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Thembisa’s finest boxers to make their professional debut in Durban
January 14, 2022
BY Obedience Mkhabela.
Thembisa finest boxers are poised to win it as they will be travelling to Durban to have their first fights at the professional level. Both boxers (Issac Munzhelele and Kabelo Mphahlele) train in Thembisa, they both trained by Ndivhuwo Siliga, a former boxer himself. Siliga previously suffers an eye injury forcing him to hang his gloves but he continues to pass down the skill and knowledge as his love for sports never stopped. He now runs the Horse Power Boxing and Fitness Gym in Thembisa.
Munzhelele has been training with Siliga since 2018; since he turned professional he has never had fights. He is to face his unknown opponent in Kwazulu-Natal at the Professional Boxing Tournament WBF All Africa Double Header. He will be playing at the Bantamweight (53kg).
“This is my first professional level fight which makes me nervous but motivated to win at the same time,” said Munzhelele. “When you win you get to be noticed and taken seriously, as we travel to Durban I hope to return with confidence knowing I knocked a man down,” Munzhelele says he is inspired by the likes of Gideon Buthelezi (AKA Hardcore), because he would like to fight like his idols.
Like his comrade, Mphahlele is facing the same predicament of having to play his first professional match in Durban, unlike his brother; Mphahlele will be fighting at Featherweight (57kg). “At first I was playing soccer but later changed to boxing, I find this sport exciting and I never stopped since 2015,” said Mphahlele. “I turned professional since 2018 but I never had a fight on that level, this match gives me glitters though I believe in myself.
Mphahlele has had 9 fights at the amateur level having to have won 5 and lost 4 of the 9 matches. “This match will be able to help me gain the confidence to pursue this sport to the fullest and have my family pride themselves on me.” Coach Siliga / trainer said he has confidence in his boys because he has prepared them to be both mentally fit and physical fit.
“We had special training sessions since last month for these matches respectively, we had to work on the quickness and strong points of each,” said Siliga. The boxers will be returning back home with the hope to have accomplished their expected missions and holding their first-ever wins in professional boxing levels.