19 September 2018


THE OFFICIAL BOKONE BOPHIRIMA GOVERNMENT NEWSPAPER

Boxing tournament to honour “Pangaman” Sekgapane

by: Nthusang Lefafa   date: 03 August 2018

The North West Department of Education and Sport Development alongside TK Promotions honoured the late boxing legend, Norman “Pangaman” Sekgapane, with a boxing tournament held at the Rustenburg Civic Centre last week Friday.
The promoters lived up to every promise as spectators were kept on the edge of their seats due to the number of knockouts on the evening. It was “lit” and the evening proved that boxing, which no longer enjoys popularity like in the days of boxers like Dingaan “The Rose of Soweto” Thobela, still enjoys a huge following and can still be revived as a form of late night entertainment.
Tiisetso “Slow Poison” Modisadife retained his North West Junior Flyweight title in a breathtaking fifth-round knockout over Onke Khanzi. He was honoured with the first Norman “Pangaman” Sekgapane belt.
During the bout, “Slow Poison” displayed the arrogance of a champion in his fighting style. He stood firm, did not retreat as his opponent attacked and he often opened up his hands to give Khanzi enough chance to strike.
After the grueling challenge, “Slow Poison” told Semphete that he came to the Rustenburg Civic Centre for one thing only - the title belt.
“I have worked extremely hard to retain my belt. The preparations I went through before the fight were very painful and I often cried during training. I promised myself that when I enter the ring, I would also make my challenger cry when I punch him.  Though boxing is no longer such a popular sport among the youth, my heart has always been in it. Many people have tried to push me away from the sport due to some of the injuries that boxers sustain but not once have I listened to those voices because I am doing what I love,” he said.
There were also two international fights during the evening. Ayanda "Greyhound" Nkosi defeated Crisppin Moliati from Malawi in a third round TKO, while Handriquez Lando from Congo exterminated Etienne van Niekerk over three rounds.
The night of boxing was not only restricted to male boxers. There was a female section that saw Nosipho Bell defeating Ndobayini Kolosa in a fight that lasted for full eight rounds.
After the fight, Bell told Semphete that there are few women in the country who are taking up boxing as a sport. She said she had come to the fight knowing that she would win because she had studied her opponent and it was not her first time fighting Kolosa.
North West Premier, Job Mokgoro, supported the tournament and said it is important for government and communities to support sporting events.
 
“It is important for our people in the province to support sporting events because sport is a unifier of nations. Sport can assist in helping people to be disciplined and also to remain physically fit. I hope to meet all of you who at the next sport event,” said Mokgoro.