BULAWAYO Boxing Association (BBA) held their first boxing tournament of the year at Masilela Beer Garden on 01 February ahead of the Olympic qualifiers in Dakar, Senegal early this month.
The boxing tourney featured four clubs, namely Nketa, Sikhulile, Lobengula and Victoria Falls boxing clubs whose boxers traded leather on the day.
Gwanda and Midlands were supposed to be part of the show but pulled out in the last minute.
Zimbabwe Boxing Federation (ZBF)’s Steven Masiyambumbi said the tournament was a success and they had several bouts where the pugilists competed.
“We had a total of eighteen bouts from youth, junior and senior boxers but unfortunately this time around we didn’t have a single bout in the girl’s category which shows we are lagging behind in terms of our competitiveness.
“Last year we had more bouts in the female side but we are hoping that in our next tournament we will have female representatives taking part,” said Masiyambumbi.
Masiyambumbi said the boxers that were selected would be in camp soon in preparation for the qualifiers.
Last month, Zimbabwe held a Five Nations Boxing Friendly Championship in Victoria Falls where boxers from Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe traded leather in the competition.
Botswana boxers dominated in the event, winning eight bouts compared to Zimbabwe’s seven. Zambia notched four wins, while Malawi boxers lost all their bouts.