Cecane keeps the fires burning at Eyethu Boxing Gym

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Former South African flyweight champion Ncedo Cecane is keeping Mzimasi Mnguni’s boxing legacy alive.

Cecane, who was once trained by Mnguni, is the chief trainer at the Eyethu Boxing Gym in Mdantsane and has since produced four champions.

Nkosinathi “Mabhere” Joyi holds the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) Africa junior-flyweight title, Phila Mpontshane has the South African junior-lightweight belt, Xolani Mcotheli is the current SA junior-welterweight champion while Xolani Magusha rules in the SA minimumweight division.

Whittlesea-born Cecane says the 71-year-old Mnguni has told him numerous times that winning titles with his boxers at Eyethu keeps him alive.

Being the Chief Trainer at Eyethu also comes with challenges for Cecane as he has to make sure that 15 boxers (10 professionals and five amateurs), who are housed in Mdantsane, have food all the time even when there are no fights.

Cecane, took over from Lunga Sekonyela four years ago and alludes that discipline and confidence is what they teach their boxers.

The Eyethu Boxing Gym produced world champions like Welcome Ncita (IBF junior-featherweight), Vuyani Bungu (IBF junior-featherweight and IBO featherweight), Mbulelo Botile (IBF bantamweight, IBF featherweight and IBO featherweight) and Zolani Petelo (IBF minimumweight). Report by Monwabisi Jimlongo