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Magagane defends Gauteng lightweight title

Jeffrey Magagane of Soweto makes the first defence of his Gauteng lightweight title when he meets Ayanda Nkosi from the East Rand at the Blairgowrie Recreation Centre in Randburg on Sunday afternoon.

Magagane, 26, one of the brightest prospects in South Africa boxing today made his pro debut in October 2015 with a stoppage win over Ombu Moseli and then scored three inside-the-distance wins before going six rounds against Gift Bholo.

On October 23 last year he beat Michael Mokoena in an all-action fight over ten rounds to win the vacant Gauteng lightweight title to take his record to 6-0; 4.

Nkosi has been fighting as a pro since April 2014 and racked up a record of five wins, with one inside the distance and only one loss against Thembani Hobyane in June 2015.

Nkosi, who has fought mostly at featherweight, is a skillful fighter but lacks power with only one inside-distance victory, and will have to be at his best against the rangy and more powerful Magane if he hopes to snatch the decision.

In a featherweight contest scheduled for 8 rounds Rofhiwa Maemu, 10-6-2; 7, from Soweto faces Siphiwo Ntsangani, 9-4-1; 5, of East London.

Other bouts:

Light flyweight: 6 rounds, Percy Mkhize v Nyelisani Thagambega; Junior lightweight: 6 rounds, Hloni Maboko v Luvo Ntlebi; Junior middleweight: 6 rounds, Chris Monyai v John Bopape; Bantamweight: 4 rounds, Vusumuzi Nyauza v Lemogang Mapitsi; Welterweight: 4 rounds, Faraday Mukandila v Onke Duke; Featherweight: 4 rounds, Sifiso Hlongwane v Tyrone Murgatroyd; Junior bantamweight: 4 rounds, Sikho Msiquest Nqothole v Andrew Gumbo.

The tournament is presented by Sandile Xaka of Supreme Boxing Promotions, in conjunction with Alan Toweel.

The tournament is scheduled to start at 2pm.


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