Helebe to have fourth title defence


By Sinethemba Mandyoli    02-May-2017 08:35 UTC+02:00

Lizani Events with Supersport will host a Republic of South Africa Bantamweight title fight. The fight will see Cape Town’s Toto Helebe up against Cebo Ngema of Gauteng. Both fighters having fought twice in their careers are no strangers to each other in the ring. Helebe won both encounters and will now have to seal the streak with the third fight. Last year Helebe did not make any title defence due to the lack of promoters inside Cape Town. The rising of Mzoli Tempi’s Lizani events from ashes has promised to dish a feast to the Cape Town boxing fanatics. The company managed to invite Supersport to be the main broadcaster of the event and that is unparalleled as many people have last seen Supersport in Cape Town when Mzoli Tempi was still promoting. It will be for the first time after almost 16 years since the Supersport TV televised a Boxing match in Cape Town.

As if bringing Helebe’s title defence was not enough for the fans Lizani events also secured a title challenge for Dalisizwe Komani of Khayelitsha. Komani will challenge Thembelani Nxoshe of Mdanstane for the South African Flyweight title. Komani last fought in December when he beat Lwandile Phillips in Philippi and Nxoshe last fought in September when he captured the title from Mfundo Gwayana. Both fighters’ records look similar as the Both have 15 Wins, 7 defeats, and a solitary draw. Komani has had 8 knockouts while Nxoshe only has five. If there is anything that sets both pugilists apart it will be the ability of Nxoshe to go the distance as he has had 122 rounds boxed under his belt while Komani only has 100. If Toto Helebe defends his title successfully and Komani wins the flyweight belt Western cape will at least have 3 national champions adding to veteran Mzonke Fana whom is still a National lightweight champion.

Another first time for Lizani will be Nomeva Ndongeni’s debut in Cape Town as he had made his debut in the USA last year. Due to postponement of his may fight Nomeva and his promoter decided to come down to Cape Town for a keep busy match. The 26 year old flamboyant 2016 Boxer of the year award winner was so excited about coming to cape town he even made the announcement before Lizani events made the official presser. He is going to be fighting Ghana’s knockout specialist Razak Nettey. Nettey has only gone the distance in 7 of his 24 fights. He holds a record of 20 wins and 4 losses with 15 of his wins by knockout. This is the type of a fighter that Ndongeni would like to face as he likes challenges and thrives under pressure. If Ndongeni wins this fight his record will extend to 23 wins while he only has 11 knockouts. After this fight there is hope that Nomeva Ndongena will get another title short against the big Lightweights in the world or else he will remain another potential that was never fulfilled.

Other fights:

4 rounds Cruiserweight: Ben Hipkin (CTN) vs Mfundo Wongo (CTN), 10 rounds Featherweight Western Cape title fight: Tyson Essau (CTN) vs Mtsepau Mthembu (Atlantis), 4 rounds, 4 rounds Strawweight: Mzolisi Mthalane (CTN) vs Zusiphe Timakhwe (Atlantis), 4rounds Jr flyweight: Phila Mcanda (CTN) vs Onke Khanzi (NW), 4 rounds Bantamweight: Lazola Jikazana (CTN) vs Sibusiso Mvetshane (NW),

Promoter: Lizani events

Venue: Koetzenberg stadium, Stellenbosch University

Date: 28 May 2017

Gates open at 12.

Sanctioned by BSA and Televised by SuperSport TV.

Admission R100


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