A number of sporting events have been organised in order to celebrate the Nelson Mandela centenary.
Part of those festivities is a boxing tournament set to take place in Orlando and coordinated by TLB Promotions.
Mandela was also an avid amateur boxer.
The venue set to host the event is the very same centre where an iconic picture of Mandela sparring was taken by Drum Magazine.
Although he started boxing at Fort Hare University, it was only after he moved to Johannesburg that he started taking the sport seriously.
Promoter Lehlohonolo Ledwaba says: “This is where he started, so we felt that it was important for us to come and have this event right here as well the event, so as knowing very well what it takes for our young ones most who are around this place to be involved in boxing.”
“I mean using sports to cub a lot of things and to try by all means to keep our boxers active or our young ones to be active as much as they can.”
The event was supposed to be staged on the 21st of July, however it has since been postponed to the 11th of August. Something Bukiwe Nonina says will have little bearing on her readiness.
“I was going to fight without my parents. Everyone knows they are always behind me, this time they will be around; so I don’t see any big problem to this one as they changed it to women’s month. I see it as an advantage to make myself to be well prepared and be well focus and be more ready.”
In the main event Xolisani Ndongeni will defend his international WBF Lightweight Title against Salumi Jengo of Tanzania.