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Anniversary event a knockout

THE Queenstown Boys Boxing Club (QBBC) celebrated their 82nd birthday anniversary with impressive victories by local boxers
who faced off against Eastern Cape pugilists in a tournament at the Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday.


Fans, mostly young, were treated to 25 bouts. Sinawo Sam from the QBBC was crowned the best boxer.

His teammate, Thimna Nthetha, lost in the final in the junior weight category.

PRIDE OF THE RING: Sinawo Sam was crowned the boxer of the tournament during the Queenstown Boys Boxing Club 82nd birthday celebrations at the Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Centre Picture: BHONGO JACOB
PRIDE OF THE RING: Sinawo Sam was crowned the boxer of the
tournament during the Queenstown Boys Boxing Club 82nd
birthday celebrations at the Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Centre
Picture: BHONGO JACOB

Sam said he was happy to have received the gold medal and trophy especially on such a significant day. He hoped to take his career as far as his favourite American boxing legend Floyd Mayweather who retired from the sport last year.

Sam and Nthetha have been in good form since the boxing season started in February, with a few wins under their belts. QBBC trainer Dumisani Ganyanza said he was pleased with the overall performance of the boxers with Sam and Nthetha and two other QBBC boxers, Lukhanyo Matiso and Lonwabo Shude, showing great determination.

“The club is delighted with our boxers’ performance and the display of boxing.

“These boys need support in terms of sponsorships because some of them are from struggling families and we end up having to pay from our own pockets, but we are not complaining.”

The club was disappointed by the absence of Komani and former QBBC legends at the event.

“The people who have knowledge of the history of the club were not here to support us, but that did not deter the spirit of our boys.”

The tournament was also used to rectify mistakes from the provincial boxing tournament in East London last month when none of the QBBC pugilists made it into the Eastern Cape team. Ganyanza is confident of QBBC’s success at the next tourney in a few weeks’ time.

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