The Wits Boxing club is fighting to make a comeback following the cancellation of the University Sports South Africa (USSA) tournament in December last year.
The club’s chairperson, Sifiso Malinga, said that the strategy for the club this year is to increase interest in the sport.
As a way to recruit newcomers to the club, plans are underway to demonstrate some light technical work on the library lawns once a week.
According to Malinga 35 first years have enrolled. “It has been a very slow start to the year.
“We prefer to start off light, and work our way towards getting everyone to be as fit as their weight classes require, if not beyond that fitness level,” said Malinga.
Through maintaining fitness for beginners and advance boxers, the club is gradually preparing for the 2017 USSA taking place in the middle of the year.
“Showing the general public, not just the Wits Community, that boxing as a sport is not about violence and aggression but rather about strategy, vision, determination and most importantly fun,” said Malinga.
“We have been participating in tournaments around Johannesburg since we are affiliated with Johannesburg Amateur Boxing Association (JABO) and they often invite our boxers to fight in their tournaments throughout the year,” he said.
Malinga told Wits Vuvuzela that the club is not only for people who know boxing but that anyone with interest is welcome.
The club trains from Monday to Thursday, on the first floor of Hall 29.
He added that coaches such as Boetie Lourens will be coming through to teach and train the basic boxing skills.
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