Boxing lovers flocked to King William’s Park on Saturday for the amateur boxing tournament organised by local businessman Fred de Abreu for young boxers from in and around King William’s Town.
Spirits were high despite the poor state of the ring – and no injuries were reported
Accompanying De Abreu to the tournament was former IBF World Champion Welcome “Takom” Ncita.
There were 51 bouts fought in the boys category with five bouts fought in the girls’ category. Winners were presented with medals and trophies, as well as meals.
“We are developing King William’s Town amateur boxers and we are protecting our kids from drugs and we want them to stay away from bad elements,” De Abreu said.
He said this tournament showed people that boxing was a sport that could unite children and helped them stay away from drugs or other harmful activities.
“We have made a call to parents to help us by supporting their children,” Zwelitsha Boxing Club manager Siza Helwana said.
He also said a major stumbling block for boxing in King William’s Town was sponsorship.
Former professional boxer Nkosomzi Moss said he welcomed the tournament as it kept children busy after school hours.
“We are appealing to the department of sports, business people and people of South Africa to support boxing,” he said.
One of the parents, Lungelwa Ngceshe, said: “I am here today to give support to my children who are are under the Ginsberg Boxing Club.
“I am also here to encourage parents to allow to our kids to join boxing to keep them busy in their free hours after school.”