Karabo MNokupi (left) goes toe-to-toe with Michael Markram. Photo:  Supplied

Punching above their weight


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Boxers from the Waterberg have proverbially punched above their weight in recent weeks.

Karabo Mokupi (19) of Modimolle’s Phagameng township made his debut as a professional last Sunday 8 April, whereby he traded leather with the better known light heavyweight division campaigner Michael Markram.

The light heavyweight division punch-up was on the undercut for a WBC featherweight international match-up between Lerato Dlamini and Sydney Maluleka, staged at Gauteng’s Emperor’s Palace.

Boxing enthusiasts have hailed the bout lost by Mokupi to Markram on points as brinmming with energy.

The Modimolle youngster has been preparing for the bout under the stewardship of Peet Oberholzer of the Obie’s Boxing and Fitness Academy, based at Hoërskool Nylstroom.

Oberholzer said in an interview his dream was to bring a world title to Modimolle.

Another hard-working member of the academy is Hanru Botha (23) from Mookgophong, who campaigns in the junior middleweight division.

Botha was on debut as a pro in a drawn fight against Mark Anthony Farah at the Edenvale Community Centre in late March. 

The Mookgophong boxing sensation was part of the South African squad’s wresting team for the Common Wealth Games in Australia.

2 months ago       12 April 2018