By Ron Jackson
Toto Helebe from Gugulethu makes the second defence of his South African bantamweight title when he faces mandatory challenger Cebo Negema of Kagiso at the Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel in Cape Town on Friday February 28. The 28-year-old Helebe (12-3, 7 KOs) has had a rather stop-start career since making his pro debut in May 2005 and from September 2007 to June 2011 he only had seven fights, losing to Cleutus Mbhele and then scoring victories over Simon Mbande, Phumzile Njonja, Lusanda Komanisi, Wiseman Kega, Luvanda Mzama and Helebe whom he meets on the 28th. On June 29 2012 he won the SA title with a fifth round stoppage win over former standout amateur Phumzile Matyhila and in May last year made a successful defence against Klaas Mboyane.
The challenger who was born in KwaZulu-Natal on December 23 1989 but is now based in Kagiso has been fighting as a pro for more than four years and has a reported record of 8-3-1, 6 KOs. His three losses have come against Morne Bothma early in his career and two points decisions against Cleutus Mbhele and Helebe. In his most recent fight in February last year he fought to a majority ten round draw against Cleutus Mbhele for the Gauteng bantamweight title.
In the main supporting bout Simphiwe Tom and Lwandile Gugushe meet over ten rounds for the vacant Western Cape junior lightweight title and there are five four rounders on the undercard.
The tournament is presented by Steve Kalakoda of Kalakoda Promotions who is making a concerted effort to keep boxing alive in the Western Cape.