Boxing duo seek to shine at Games

Boxing duo seek to shine at Games

MASERU  – Every four years the Commonwealth Youth Games set the platform for the world’s top young athletes to compete on an international stage.
The games are the grooming grounds for prospects from the Commonwealth’s 52 nations with events ranging from athletics to judo and badminton to swimming.
This year the games will be held in Nassau, the capital city of the Bahamas and approximately 1 000 athletes aged between 14 and 18 years will duel from next Wednesday to Sunday.
Among them will be two promising Lesotho boxers ‑— Phomolo Lengosa and Tlholohelo Mokhesi.

Both were hand-picked for the Commonwealth Youth Games after a constant stream of steady performances and their qualification continues a recent upward trend for local boxing.
Last August, Lesotho had two boxers —Moroke Mokhotho and Inkululeko Suntele — compete at the Rio Olympics in Brazil, the first time the country had two fighters qualify for the Games since 2000.

The question, nevertheless, remained unanswered over whom the next generation of top boxers would be to follow Suntele and Mokhotho because the pair was not only Lesotho’s boxing hopes in Rio, but had been the main flag bearers for the country at all international competitions over the past three years. The answer, LEBA hopes, comes in the form of Lengosa and Mokhesi as Lesotho desperately looks to grow its pool of international standard boxers. The two were the headline acts at a Lesotho Boxing Association (LEBA) tournament at Khubetsoana High School two weekends ago and they depart for the Bahamas with equally high hopes and expectations.

Both fought in the African Union Sports Council (AUSC) Region 5 Under-20 Games in Angola last December and Lengosa said the experience they have gained over the past 12 months has sharpened their tools. “We started preparing for this competition since we came back from the AUSC games in Luanda in Angola,” he said.
“Promptly when we returned we started training, our preparations are very good; we have been fighting in local tournaments in preparing for the competition.”
“I feel that I am ready,” Lengosa added.

“Over the past months of preparing I have been paired with senior boxers and they give me a good practice because I am a junior boxer. It is great preparation because when I meet junior opponents it will be easier for me to win.” Mokhesi is even more bullish.  He wants gold in the Bahamas and has even dedicated his free time during his preparations.
“We just had a seven days camp this past week; we were preparing for this Bahamas tournament. I believe we will have another small camp before we leave. We train only in the evening but I train in the morning as well and during my spare time,” Mokhesi said.

“I want to come home with a medal, I am ready,” he continued. “I am happy that what I have been doing during my practice is working out for me; I will apply all the skills I have learned when I arrive in the Bahamas.” Lengosa and Mokhesi’s sound preparations have been part of a concerted effort by LEBA to get the boxers ready for their big dance.
LEBA public relations officer Katiso Tšenoli said the association ensured bouts and intense training for the pair.

“We organised many fights and sparring for their preparations to ensure that they are fit and ready to fight in Bahamas. We only failed to take them to Botswana because of lack of funds,” he said.
“It is a good team that I think we will come back home with victory. We will come with a medal from one of them. We are expecting a medal from them,” Tšenoli added boldly.
It is certainly a refreshing change in local sports that although the draw for the Commonwealth Youth Games boxing tournament has yet to be made, both fighters feel adequately prepared to compete at the championships. In fact, both Lengosa and Mokhesi feel they have a puncher’s chance of going all the way.

“I am expecting to win from this tournament according to how fit I feel and how well prepared for this tournament,” Lengosa said. “My biggest expectation is to yield fruitful results and that is why I invested so much time preparing myself. I also got support from (Suntele and Mokhotho) who just came from the Brazil Olympics.”
The stage has been set, now all that remains to be seen is how Lesotho’s prospects will fare in the squared circle.

Mohloai Mpesi

Previous They must go
Next Bantu to take on Sefotha-fotha

Warning: count(): Parameter must be an array or an object that implements Countable in /home/thepostc/public_html/wp-content/themes/trendyblog-theme/includes/single/post-tags-categories.php on line 7

About author

You might also like

Sports

Basketball delegation back from Swaziland congress

Luciah Phahla Maseru Lesotho’s two-man delegation at last weekend’s FIBA Zone 6 general congress in Swaziland is happy with the progress and recommendations from the meeting. Lesotho’s delegation was made

Sports

Mafoso set for dramatic return to Sundawana

Luciah Phahla Maseru – Bantu assistant coach Bob Mafoso could be set to make a dramatic return to Sundawana. Mafoso guided the unheralded Butha-Buthe club to their first-ever top four

Sports

Four boxers off to The Bahamas

Maseru – Four Lesotho boxers will jet off to the Bahamas in June for the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games. Olympians Moroke Mokhotho and Inkululeko Suntele along with prospects Phomolo Lengola