Sport24.co.za | It’s all systems go for international tournament as boxers are declared fit

The official weigh-in for tonight’s international boxing tournament at Orient Theatre in East London has declared boxers medically fit to compete. 

Topping the bill of the Sijuta Promotions bill will be the international junior bantamweight 12-round bout between Mdantsane’s Zolani Tete and Mexican Diuhl Olguin Ramirez. 

At the prefight weigh-in held at a local fitness centre yesterday, Tete tipped the scales at 51.45kg and his foe Ramirez came in at 52.6kg. Both were given the fitness thumbs-up by Boxing SA’s Eastern Cape manager Phakamile Jacobs. 

And hundreds of boxing fans who attended the proceedings gave their approval for what is likely to be an exciting bout between two talented boxers. 

Tete previously held the International Boxing Federation title. He lost his crown three months ago after the championship went to the purse bids. 

For another of tonight’s fights, Xolisani Ndongeni, also from Mdantsane, came in at 60.15kg and his foe, Miguel Angel Escalada from Argentina, weighed in at 62.75kg. They will be trading blows in the lightweight division over 10 rounds. 

East London middleweight idol Giovanni Bushby came in at 72.10kg and his opponent Johannes Sallie from Cape Town was declared 70.05kg. Both pugilists will trade punches for the World Boxing Association Pan-African middleweight title. 

Lightweight fighter Nkosinathi Joyi’s weight was on the limit at 48.5kg and his opponent Sinethemba Magibisela was 48.65kg. They will tackle each other in the junior flyweight division over 10 rounds. 

There will be four other fights on the undercard.

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