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Women’s Boxing: The talk of Soweto, South Africa.

Women’s Boxing: The talk of Soweto, South Africa.

South African Boxing Promoter, Mbali "Don Queen" Zantsi

Mbali “Don Queen” Zantsi is a female boxing promoter with a dream, and as reported by Bongani Magasela in the Soweto Live newspaper, she is about to realize it with her second all-female boxing tournament to be held at Kempton Park Civic Centre in Soweto on Saturday, August 27, 2011.

South African Women's Boxing coming of age.

The For Us (women) By Us (women) – For Women By Women tournament will occur during South Africa’s Women’s Month, an annual event each August — with this year’s tournament set to bring new talent into the fore of South Africa’s growing female boxing scene.  It should be noted that Women’s Boxing only became legal in South Africa in 2001.

It was just five years ago when Zantsi put on her first tournament in Durban. That event brought such female boxing luminaries as Noni “She be stinging” Tenge, Unathi Myekeni and Bomikazi Klaasto the ranks of professional boxing.

Noni Tenge (R) and Daniella Smith

Tenge went on to win the women’s IBF welterweight title with her fourth round knockout of Daniella ”The Diamond” Smith this past June.

This will be Zantsi first event after a two-year hiatus. As quoted in the Soweto Live paper, she stated, “We are back with a bang and we are going to rock the boxing world.”

The tournament will also feature an all female roster of referees, judges, time keepers and ring announcers.

Three great women’s boxing victories!

Three great women’s boxing victories!

There’s been some exciting women’s boxing going on lately.

Amanda Serrano (L) v. Jennifer Scott

Saturday, June 11th, Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano, grabbed the vacant NABF Superfeatherweight championship belt when she clocked Jennifer Scott at a 1:46 into the first round of her scheduled 8-round bout at Roseland Ballroom on the Boricua Boxing II Card. (Boxing News 24 has a nice piece here.)  With the win, Serrano improves her record to 10-0-1 with 6 KO’s.

The second big women’s professional bout over the weekend was South African women’s boxer Noni “She bee stinging” Tenge’s 4th round knockout victory over New Zealand’s own Daniella “The Diamond” Smith to capture the women’s IBF Welterweight Championship at the at the Carnival City inBrakpa, South Africa.  As the first South African woman to win a major boxing title,Tenge has entered the history books for South African sports.  The victory, however has also caused a lot of controversy due to the South African Broadcasting Company’s decision *not* to broadcast the fight as a live event.  Although SABC’s reaction was to say, “why is this SABC’s problem?” promoter Branco Milenkovic is quoted as saying, “If the SABC wants to call itself the national broadcaster, it should broadcast boxing.”  For more on the story from inside South Africa click here and here.

Not to be outdone, Holly “The Preacher’s Daughter” Holm defeated Victoria Cisneros on Friday night in her Main Event showing on Telefutura’s “Sólo Boxeo Tecate” series.

A big Girlboxing shout out to both fighters for putting on a G-R-E-A-T show that we hope will inspire other sports channels to headline more women’s bouts!