South Africa

New date for Don Queen tournament

2017-03-12 06:07
READY: Promoter Mbali Zantsi will stage her first tournament in more than a year. (Leon Sadiki)

Johannesburg - Boxing promoter Mbali “Don Queen” Zantsi swings back into action after more than a year as Showtime Boxing Promotions get ready to stage an all-female boxing tournament at Kempton Park Civic Hall on Sunday.

The event was supposed to have taken place at the same venue on Saturday (yesterday), but, according to Zantsi, was postponed due to logistical and compliance issues.

The last time Don Queen staged a boxing show was in December 2015, when Noni “She Bee Stingin” Tenge met Julia “Queen” Tshabalala for the World Boxing Federation welterweight crown at the Southern Sun Hotel in Pretoria.

The event was part of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children.

The main fight on Sunday’s bill will feature South African junior welterweight champion Sandra Almeida, who will put her crown on the line against Nomazithini Ndyambo.

Both fighters are from the Eastern Cape.

Big crowd

They will meet for the second time after Almeida won their previous match – which was for the vacant championship – by a ninth-round stoppage at the Orient Theatre, East London, in October 2014.

Almeida comes into the ring with a record of six wins, four defeats and two draws from 12 professional bouts.

Ndyambo has six victories and three defeats from nine outings.

The main clash on the undercard will feature Gauteng sluggers Simangele Hadebe and Melissa Miller, who will exchange blows in a provincial bantamweight title contest.

“There will be five more bouts on the bill. We hope this contest will draw a big crowd now that it has been moved to a later date,” said Zantsi, whose event is sponsored by Boxing SA.

In January, Don Queen won the chairperson’s award during the Boxing SA Awards ceremony, which was held at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban.

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