Boxers gear up for WC champs

Inkwenkwezi boxings Sixolise Lupindo is a medal hopeful in the Western Cape championships, which will be held in Langa on Saturday August 18.

picture: Fuad Esack

The competition is the equivalent of the Western Province championships and the top fighters will now compete in the Western Cape championships, in Langa on Saturday August 18.

The club sent out a strong contingent of six fighters, with the intention of winning everything in front of them. And, despite not taking all the golds available, they still did well as none of them came back empty-handed.

One of the Inkwenkwezi fighters who did battle on the day was Sixolise Lupindo, 15, a Grade 9 pupil at Sinenjongo High School. He competed in the junior 40kg category.

The day became even better for Sixolise, as he also received the gold medal he won at the national championships, in Johannesburg, last year. There was a six-month delay in handing over of the medal but the youngster was over the moon as he finally got his prize.

He said his trainers encouraged them to take each competition seriously as that was the only way they can get better as fighters. And, if his recent performances are anything to go by, the young fighter is on the right track.

“We worked hard at the gym before that competition because we wanted to win as many medals as possible. We had to dig deep in order to come up with something,” he said.

He also noted that his sights are now firmly set on the Western Cape Championship, in Langa.