THE Eastern Cape Amateur Boxing Organisation (Ecabo) consolidated its reputation as a rapidly developing body when it hosted the Lower Saxony Boxing Federation at Motherwell's Raymond Mhlaba Indoor Sports Centre on Wednesday.
The tournament was well attended, and the visitors were impressed by the skills displayed by the fighters.
The Germans brought nine male and three female boxers to compete in the tournament against fighters from the Nelson Mandela Bay region for bouts over 12 rounds. Provincial Sport Department director Bafundi Makhubalo said the Eastern Cape had formed a partnership with Lower Saxony in several areas.
"This tournament is the second amateur boxing tournament between these two regions following our invitation to Germany last year – where East London boxer Siphiwe Lusizi fought and was later selected for the London Olympic Games," Makhubalo said.
Other tournaments will be held at the Southernwood Community Hall in Mthatha tomorrow and at the Orient Theatre in East London on Monday.
The Motherwell results were:
Females: Elena Walendzik (Lower Saxony) beat Zikhona Sikeyi (EC) on points; Janina Bonorden (Lower Saxony) beat Nomampondomise Xhotyeni (EC) on points; Andrea Strohmaier (Lower Saxony) beat Thuliswa Zwengu (EC) on points.
Males: Hamza Touba (Lower Saxony) beat Luvuyo Mhlulo (EC) on points; Luyolo Qabaka (EC) beat Denis Makarov (Lower Saxony) on points; Suher Alshamari (Lower Saxony) beat Asiphe Mtshili (EC) on 3rd round TKO; Eugen Burhurd (Lower Saxony) beat Ayabonga Teyise (EC) on points; Patrick Wojciki (Lower Saxony) beat Jaco Wellense (EC) in 1st round TKO; Themalethu Mkholwa (EC) beat Johannes Bulach (Lower Saxony) on points.