Mmegi Online :: Magnificent women pugilists make huge impression
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Magnificent women pugilists make huge impression

The introduction of women boxers at Saturday's Keone Mooka Mageu. National Boxing Championship finals at Tsholofelo Hall in Gaborone on Saturday was a major highlight at the annual tournament.
By Staff Writer Fri 14 Dec 2018, 08:33 am (GMT +2)
Mmegi Online :: Magnificent women pugilists make huge impression








For the first time in the history of boxing, female boxers traded leather in a national tournament and the five thrilling bouts that were lined up lived to the billing. But it was national team pugilist, Tsitsi Pearl Morake and 14-year-old female boxer, Katlego Olatotse who gave spectators an unforgettable fight.

Morake, Botswana's female boxing forerunner, narrowly beat her adolescent opponent 15-13 after a close contest.The Botho College Boxing Club star, Morake, started off strongly in the first round, dominating proceedings. But a change of tactics in the second round as she tried to beat Olatotse at her own game saw the tables turn.

Morake abandoned her straight punching style and settled for moving close to her opponent. That gave the youngster an upper hand as her game thrives on pressing towards her opponents and throwing close punches.In the final round, Morake reverted to retreating and throwing her traditional straight punches. On the other hand, the inexperienced youngster, who, however, displayed impressive technical abilities,
kept going forward, missing her target and getting countered in the process. That earned Morake a few single points and eventually saw her win the bout. In a post-bout interview, Morake praised the sponsors and BoBA for introducing women's bouts at

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the tournament. "I enjoyed everything and learned a lot of things. So we were really blessed as women; we got the coverage that we needed. They have given us what we deserved," she said.

Olatotse's club coach, Bond Ngubula of One-two-five, said he was content with her young boxer's progress. She was only making her fifth appearance in a competitive match.In other bouts, KNBC boxer Joyce Katlholo beat Francistown Club's Lesego Elijah 13-12 in a light flyweight contest while Dipogiso Koketso (KNBC) beat Ontlafetse Mosime (Francistown) 19-14.

SSKB's Joyce Moilwa made light work of Francistown's Keamogetswe Kenosi, beating her 21-12. However, there was debate when the referee awarded a win to Keneilwe Rakhudu of SSKB after she had drawn 13-13 with Keabetswe Letswai of Francistown. The female pugilists were only awarded with medals after the tournament while their male counterparts walked away with monetary rewards.  BoBA publicity secretary, Willough Kemoen said they would add an incentive for the women next year.

"We gave them medals to appreciate them, but we will come back strongly for them next year. We will budget for that properly and reward them. The idea was to showcase them so we can attract as many as possible," he said.

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