By Mark Etheridge
South Africa’s boxers punched above their weight to bring back five medals from the recent African Region 5 Games in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.
And SANABO president Andile Mofu is hopeful things will have changed for the better, as far as boxing goes, before the next version of the Under-20 youth games in Luanda, Angola two years down the road.
Mofu was speaking after the seven young boxers punched their way to a gold, silver and two bronze medals at the Large City Hall venue in the Bulawayo CBD.
‘There were definitely some age issues which need addressing,’ said Mofu, who also heads up the African Zone IV region.
‘There’s no doubting that our boxers fought against men here. I have already started a data base of ages etc which should be much more comprehensive when we get to Angola in 2016.
‘I have to re-emphasise that our boxers put up a really gallant fight against men here.’
On a more general level Mofu was encouraged by the state of the sport. ‘There is still lots of development that needs to be down in officiating but that is already happening.
‘These types of Games are vital for development and as a Zone we need something like this every year. We need this to focus on our youth/women and elite boxers to keep them improving.’