Sanele Msimang promises to bring the SA lightweight title to Gqeberha
27 Oct 2021 16:36
GQEBERHA-based Sanele Msimang of Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu Natal (KZN) will be hoping to emulate Sanele Magwaza, Simon Maseko and Phindile Ngingi when he challenges Tshifhiwa Munyai for the South African (SA) Lightweight champion in Gauteng, this Friday 29 November.
The trio who are former WBF All-Africa Bantamweight champion, former SA Middleweight champion and former SA Strawweight titlist respectively had to leave their places of birth and come to Nelson Mandela Bay to see their stars shine in fisticuffs.
The Gentleman Msimang, with 17 fights, 14 wins, eight Knock Outs and three losses is unfazed by the vastly experienced 40-fight record, 33 wins (19 KOs) Six losses and one stalemate of Munyai, from Makwarela, Limpopo.
Munyai is the former British Common Wealth Bantamweight champion who has fought for world titles in the early years of his career. Against Msimang, he will be making the second defence of the title he won in August 2020 against Siphosethu Mvula and successfully defended against Khaya Busakwe in May this year.
”A lot is said about Munyai but this is my time, now. I’m going to bring the title to Nelson Mandela Bay come Friday night,” said Msimang who added that preparations for the fight were complete against someone he will only study in the ring as they trade leather.
Like the Caiph Camp trained and KZN-born Magwaza, who beat Enathi Stelle of the Buffalo City Municipality (East London) for the vacant title in November 2020, Maseko of Gauteng who beat Cape Town’s Mark Cameron to win the SA Middleweight championship and the East London-born Ngingi who in July 1995 pummelled Gauteng’s Paul Olden to submission to claim the 47.6kg belt. Msimang believes the time for Munyai’s reign will ultimately grind to a halt when the duo lock horns.
Another boxer whose career shined in Gqeberha; Nelson Mandela Bay is Jerry “Beirut Bomber” Ngobeni. Ngobeni from eMalahleni in Mpumalanga started his formative years in the sport here before he left and went to challenge and lost the WBA Super Featherweight championship from Joey Gamache.
In return, Nelson Mandela Bay sent Zolani “The Tiger” Petelo who won (SA and IBF Mini-flyweight titles), Lindi “School” Memani (SA and WBU Mini-flyweight championship) to Buffalo City as well as Mzukisi “Laciar” Sikali (SA light-flyweight; WBC International Flyweight; IBO World Flyweight; WBU Light Flyweight and WBA Inter-continental Flyweight titles to Jozi, Gauteng.
“I’ll win it for Gqeberha, Nelson Mandela Bay,” said Msimang.