By Ron Jackson
Western Cape featherweight dies
Malibongwe Thoba, a featherweight boxer from the Western Cape, has died, allegedly after a shooting incident at Stellenbosch. Thoba was ranked #8 by Boxing SA and had a professional record reported to be 6-2, with 5 knockouts. He was stopped in the fifth round when he challenged Sabelo Jubatha for the SA title in Mdantsane in October 2010.
Gwayana and Kheswa to meet for interim title
Two former SA champions will fight for the South African interim junior flyweight title on Saturday. Mfundo Gwayana and Vuyani Kheswa are scheduled to meet at the Babs Madlakane hall in KwaNobuhle near Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape. Gwayana has a professional record of 12-4-1, including 7 knockouts. Kheswa stands at 15-5-1, 3 KOs. Both are from East London. Kheswa won the SA junior flyweight title in December 2003 when he beat Mbulelo Nyanda. He made a successful defence against Ayanda Ramncwana before losing the belt to Sizwe Sinyabi in October 2004. Gwayana won the vacant title in November 2007 when he outpointed Simphiwe Mabona. He retained it against Samora Msophi, Motswaki Moselesele, Sinyabi and Thabo Sishwane before losing it to Sinyabi in July 2010. The current champion is unbeaten Luzuko Siyo (10-0, 8 KOs) who won the vacant title when he defeated Monwabisi Ngundwana in June last year. The fight between Gwayana and Kheswa is promoted by 70-year-old grandmother Gladys “Noforty” Tsenene.
Mthalane to defend IBF belt
IBF flyweight champion Moruti Mthalane defends his belt against mandatory challenger Ricardo Nunez at the Arena Roberto Duran in Panama City on September 1. The 29-year-old South African will be making the fourth defense of his belt. His record stands at 28-2, 19 KOs. Nunez, the mandatory challenger, is 24 years old and has a record of 24-2, 20 KOs.