Boxers of Alan Toweel Boxing Gym are gearing up for another night of fights that will affect the future of their careers. Five boxers of the Linden gym have been training hard every day ahead of the Setanta Sports Promotion in conjunction with Fox Sports Africa event, at the Royal Swazi Spa, Swaziland on 2 November.
Trainer, Alan Toweel discusses strategy with Sikho Nqothole between rounds of sparring at the Alan Toweel Boxing Gym.
Justice ‘Venda Viper’ Siliga (31) will challenge Flo Simba for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) pan-African heavyweight title, while Sikho ‘Sequence’ Nqothole aims to defend his WBA pan-African junior bantamweight title against Sabelo Nyebiyane.
Also fighting are Bangile ‘The Panther’ Nyangani (mini flyweight), Cecil Maluleke (junior middleweight) and Sanele Mhlungu (junior flyweight).
Nyangani hopes a win can earn him a title fight in his division, while Maluleke and Mhlungu are fighting in their first and second professional fights respectively.
Training is intense at the gym and even sparring between the boxers is analysed so lessons can be learned.
“My fight against Simba will be tough. He relies on power but I am a bigger guy, I have twice his power,” said Siliga.
Justice ‘Venda Viper’ Siliga will fight for the vacant World Boxing Association (WBA) pan-African heavyweight title.
Coach Alan Toweel explained that this fight was important because Simba previously held the International Boxing Organisation youth world title.
“Flo is the more well-known fighter and the favourite. Justice has to win here to make a statement in the heavyweight division,” he said.
Nqothole is looking forward to his first fight against a southpaw (left-handed and left-stanced boxer).
He said he could not divulge the strategy he planned to use against Nyebiyane but he believed it will be a tough fight.
“I am going there to break him down,” Nqothole added.
Toweel said Nqothole was undefeated in his 11-fight career, but what made this record more impressive was that he had fought these fights all in just 21 months.
The fights are lining up for Nqothole, and if he continues to retain his title for a while longer he will have a shot at a WBA international title.