Friday, 09 October 2020 18:58


File:Tsholo Lejaka, Ntambi Ravele, Jan Bergman, Dr Chris Mpeka, Lehlohonolo Ledwaba, Brett Hoppe, Joyce Kungwane at launch. Image: Lefty Shivambu.

Excitement is building up ahead of next week’s boxing tournament, which is going to be promoted by TLB Boxing Promotions.

And TLB Boxing Promotions boss Joyce Kungwane is understandably happy after waiting for seven months to stage this tournament, which was postponed from March this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Next Saturday’s tournament scheduled for the Klipspruit Sports Centre in Soweto pits former International Boxing Organisation (IBO) welterweight champion Thulani "Evolution" Mbenge against Mardochee Kuvesa Katembo from the Democratic Republic of Congo in a vacant African Boxing Union (ABU) welterweight contest.

"Honestly speaking, I’m so excited, we’ve long been waiting for this moment. Remember that we were shuttered when the initial tournament was postponed. But then we said we gonna keep busy," said Kungwane.

And Kungwane is also happy with the financial support her promotions company got from the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation in order for the boxing extravaganza dubbed "Still Alive and Punching"to go ahead.

The funding from the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation has gone a long way in covering the expenses of housing boxers in a bio-bubble ahead of next week’s tournament.

"It is very strenuous, it is financially draining. Remember, we had to test the boxers before they went to the bio-bubble. And we housed them at the bio-bubble at the expense of the promoter,"she said.

"Mind you, there are no sponsors and we would have loved to have them. But for now, we want to appreciate the support of the Gauteng Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation. So we are continuing with them and we are saying under these circumstances there is no money. This is the rough time for us; however, I believe in challenges, they make me stronger and build me into a better person."