Boxers start to prepare for bouts

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MEMBERS of the Queenstown Boys Boxing Club ( QBBC) are back in training at the QBBC Centre in preparation for bouts at the beginning of February.
Speaking to The Rep this week, Chris Hani Amateur Boxing Organisation ( CHABO) secretary Mabhuti Mapeyi said he was hopeful of good results in 2017.
“We are looking at producing champions and more boxers who will represent the district at a provincial level.
“We are preparing for the district’s trials that will be on February 11 at the Indoor Sports Centre and that is where we will select a team that is going to fight in East London at the end of February.
“After that we are going to select a team that is going to nationals and our aim is to have at least six boxers from our region who will be a part of the Eastern Cape boxing team.”
The festive period had a negative impact on training as some boxers became distracted.
“In East London and Mthatha they had boxing tournaments in December and that is what we want here. The boxers are slowly coming back and by next week we expect to see a full house.”
Professional boxer Thulani Mtiya said he was ready for his first fight.
“We need a promoter in our area to help local boxers to have more professional fights. We have many talented boxers and some end up leaving the sport because there is no one willing to assist them with their careers.”

BACK TO THE RING: Local pugilists from the Queenstown Boys Boxing Club (QBBC) Thulani Mtiya, left, and Lukhanyo Matiso were this week hard at training preparing for bouts at the beginning of February Picture: BHONGO JACOB

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