Boxers go pound for pound in East London

Landile Ngxeke and Filipino boxer Michael Mendoza.

The eagerly anticipated day is finally here! At the Orient Theatre in East London tonight, Landile Ngxeke and Filipino boxer Michael Mendoza will square off for the vacant IBO Junior Bantamweight title.

This eleven-round fight is the most anticipated in the boxing tournament organised by Xaba Boxing Promotions to commemorate Human Rights Month.

According to the report, government officials will attend the tournament, including the MEC for the Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts, and Culture in the province, Nonceba Kontsiwe, the Minister of Sports, Arts, and Culture Zizi Kodwa, the Mayor of Buffalo City, Princess Faku, and others.

Boxing fans will enjoy six fights between men who are prepared to defeat one another, and new champions will emerge who will highlight the Eastern Cape as the top region in South Africa for producing top-tier boxers.

Prior to the big day of the event, Buffalo City Speaker Humphrey Maxhegwana encouraged the men earlier this week. Maxhegwana urged all boxers to retain the Eastern Cape as the boxing powerhouse. He similarly wished them luck in their fights. The good news is that Ngxeke, the South African champion, will get the opportunity to compete for the world title in front of his supporters in his home province.

Fighting Filipino boxers will never be simple since they are powerful and skilled fighters. Ngxeke needs to get ready in every manner before the fight. Other fights include a six-round Bantamweight bout between Lopez Maluleke of Gauteng and Siyabulela of the Eastern Cape. In the Mini-Flyweight match, Qhamani Mlahla of the Eastern Cape will compete against Sandiso Booi of Gauteng. Athenkosi Thongwana will compete in the junior flyweight division against Phumelelo Tshabalala of Gauteng. SuperSport TV will show every game live. Tickets are available for purchase at the door.