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David vs Goliath in BOBA competitions

Publishing Date : 16 February, 2015

Author : KETUMILE RAMATITI


Following their successful hosting of the first inter-club tournament this year at the University of Botswana (UB), Botswana Boxing Association (BOBA) will next week host one of the biggest tournaments in their calendar; best of the best at a venue that is yet to be confirmed.


In last weekend’s tournament, both ecstasy and disappointment engulfed boxing fans in equal measure as some top boxers were downed by the less known pugilists.


Tirafalo Seoko was the main causality in the male category as he was defeated by Onkarabile Mothibedi of SSKB by a shocking 3-0 margin. This left the boxing commentators with the conclusion that upcoming boxers want to be noticed this year more so because of many national team competitions this year.


While some were shocked by this loss, some top boxers like Oteng Oteng, Kabelo Bagwasi, Kagiso Bagwasi, Botshelo Robby and Tsenang Mohuhutso continued their good run.


However, in the females’ category Rodah Maswabi, Joyce Katlholo, Kelebogile Monthusi and Keneilwe Rakhudu also qualified for the big tournament. With all of them earning themselves tickets to the tournament, interesting bouts are anticipated something which has coerced the BOBA committee to search for sponsors for this tournament.


According to BOBA spokesperson, Kenny Maragana, they are expecting fierce contests next week as winners will get national team selection for the Zone VI championship. ‘’If you remember well this bouts are used for the national team selection for the Zone VI  to be held in South Africa in April. We expect all the boxers to produce scintillating performances as they all want to represent the country and obviously want to start the year on a high note.’’


However some top boxers could not compete in the last weekend tournament due to unavailability of opponents.


Pearl Morake and Africa Youth Games gold medalist, Keamogetse Kenosi have automatically qualified for the competition which is likely to see them continue with the journey by representing the nation at Zone VI.


This has been criticized by some who believe this will haunt the nation at international level because “they will face off with opponents who have faced stern competition prior to the main event and as a result we are likely to continue with dismal showing in the regional tournaments since our boxers have qualified without any competition.’’

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