A Nelson Mandela boxing tournament will be staged in East London’s International Convention Centre on the 28th of this month by Xaba Boxing Promotions and Events, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Eastern Cape Sports Department.

This will be in honour of Madiba who would have turned 100 on Wednesday. The 5th annual tournament features local and international boxers including six females. The Nelson Mandela Museum will also put stalls showcasing his life.

“The best that we have must compete against other athletes drawn from different parts of the world so that we can show the true nature in the character of the former statesman because tata Mandela in himself he was an icon of the world not only Africa as a continent. So we must then maintain the international outlook that he had and his influence and his clout in whatever that we do,” says Ayanda Matiti of Xaba Promotions.

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