By Ron Jackson
The first SA title bout to be held in Cape Town in more than a decade will take place on May 31. Toto Helebe, 28, will defend his SA bantamweight title for the first time when he takes on 31-year-old Klaas Mboyane at the Cape Sun Hotel. National title bouts have been a rarity in Cape Town but Kalakoda Promotions, headed by Jeremy Bean and internationally known boxing and kick-boxing trainer Steve Kalakoda have put together an entertaining bill.
Kalakoda says Cape Town has been starved of national title bouts, and the demand for tickets has been overwhelming.
“We’ve secured a great venue in the heart of the city; something that has never been done. These days it’s unheard of to stage a SA title fight in Cape Town, and it has taken hard work to get to this stage. It’s a bill that will do boxing in Cape Town proud,” says Kalakoda.
“Helebe is in good shape and his weight is already close to the limit, so he won’t have any problems at the scales.
“He has a massive responsibility to keep the city’s pro boxing profile in the spotlight.”
The title bout will headline a bumper programme. The tournament starts with two “white-collar” bouts, both in the heavyweight division. Former All Black rugby player and David Britz, a Stormers hooker, will be in action in three-rounders.
Helebe, from Gugulethu near Cape Town, won the SA title when he knocked out Phumzile Matyhila in the fifth round in East London last June.
His professional record now stands at 11 wins in 14 bouts, including seven knockouts. His three defeats have all been on points.
Mboyane is a Johannesburg-based southpaw and a former SA bantamweight champion. He is the No 1 contender in the bantamweight division, with a record of 14 wins, nine defeats and two draws.