Port Elizabeth – It was a star studded event at the International Convention Centre at the Boardwalk in Port Elizabeth on Friday, as Boxing South Africa held their annual boxing awards. The event featured high dignitaries the likes of minister of Sports and Recreation Thulas Mxesi was hosted by Putco Mafani and Kwena Moabelo.
The evening began with an address from the sport minister, who emphasised the importance of honouring all those who participate in the sport. “Today we look back and applaud the men and women who have worked long hours both in the ring and in the gym. Nominated or not, we salute and applaud your hard work,” Mxesi said.
“Let us continue to expand this sport throughout the country as we all know it has the power to unite,” he added.
The first award of the evening was received by Mandisi Mkile, who collected the Ring official of the Year accolade. The most coveted awards of the evening, Male and Female boxers of the year, was presented to Zolani Tete and Bukiwe Nonina respectively.
Tete, who broke the world record for the fastest knockout in boxing history against fellow countryman Siboniso Gonya in eleven seconds, received a raucous applause as he made his way to the stage. Amongst other awards was Lerato Dlamini who collected the Knockout of the Year award. T
here were guest performances too by local Port Elizabeth acts who set the stage a light amidst the commercial breaks.
Other Winners include:
Phumeza Zinakile (Female Ring official of The Year)
Deon Dwarte (Male Ring official of the Year)
Shereen Hunter (Most Promising Promoter)
Luyanda Kana (Matchmaker of the Year)
Mlandeli Tengimfene (Manager of the year)
James Gradedge (Media Personality of the Year)
Ayanda Matiti (Promoter of the Year)
Lifetime achievement: Thamsanqa Archie Jonas; Basil Brice; Derrick Watson; Elijah ‘Tap-Tap’
Makatini and Mzi Mnguni.
Simangele Rhadebe (Female Prospect of the Year)
Lunga Sitemela (Male Prospect of the Year)
Special Achievement Awards: Zolani Tete; Nick Lourens; Joy Greyvenstein.
Noni Tenge vs. Prudence Ngubane (Female Fight of the Year)
Gideon Buthelezi vs. Angel Aviles (Male fight of the year).