Promising young boxer, Bongokuhle Mguzulwa from Mlungisi, represented the district at the Eastern Cape Elite and Youth Championships in Uitenhage over the weekend.
Mguzulwa,17, who is a product of the Queenstown Boys Boxing Club (QBBC) was selected during the Chris Hani District boxing trials held in Whittlesea, where his exceptional talent took centre stage and earned him a spot in the final squad to represent the district.
QBBC manager Mabuthi Mapeyi said Mguzulwa joined the club in 2015. He used to visit with friends until later deciding to join. “By 2016 he was participating in district and provincial games and I had noticed that he was a very disciplined and committed young man who I often encouraged. He has now become a role model to other young people.”
Mapeyi said Mguzulwa fought two big fights earlier this year and was announced best bout in a recent tournament at the Thobi Kula Indoor Sports Centre. “QBBC has a rich historical background and it was declared as a boxing hub by the Eastern Cape Sports Academy. We are looking forward to this trip and have been preparing. Mguzulwa needs to work hard. We have many other young boxers with potential in our club, about seven of them. I pray every day that they don’t succumb to negativity and give up on their dreams and talents,” he said.
Mguzulwa said his love for boxing started when he was 14 and looked up to professional boxers such as Canelo Alvarez. “I used to tag along with my friends every time they went to the gym. I have never stopped fighting ever since. I have a great support system, especially my coach. He motivates me to keep pushing and work hard.”