Sibling Rivalry in the Boxing Ring Matiti Promotions Junior Flyweight Showdown
In the unpredictable world of boxing, the allure of tantalizing prizes can lead to unusual matchups, even pitting siblings against each other in the ring. This unique scenario is set to unfold on December 16 at the Orient Theatre, as promoters Ayanda Matiti and Sbongile Matiti present a face-off for the South African junior flyweight title.
Sbongile’s fighter, Nozwelethu “Explosion” Mathonsi, currently holds the national junior flyweight belt. In the opposing corner, Ayanda’s fighter, Owethu “Sledge Hammer” Rula from Gqeberha, will be looking to dethrone Mathonsi, who hails from Mdantsane. This highly anticipated bout is a rematch, with Mathonsi having secured a points victory over Rula in August to claim the national title.
The Matiti siblings, both involved in the promotion of boxing, are no strangers to the sport’s dynamics. Ayanda promotes under the banner of Xaba Promotions, while Sbongile’s fighters compete under ZBashy Boxing Promotion. Despite the family rivalry, Ayanda Matiti has made it clear that their boxing endeavors will not affect their personal relations.
Ayanda Matiti expressed his confidence in Rula’s abilities, particularly her strong performance despite having no amateur fights. He sees potential in her and aims to support her journey towards becoming a champion.
The December 16 event, part of Matiti’s “Night of Champions” annual series, will showcase a total of five South African titles. One of the featured matches will be for the vacant SA bantamweight belt, with Landile “Man Down” Ngxeke taking on Lusizi “Speed Fire” Manzana. This particular title was previously held by the late Ronald “King” Malindi, who was on the verge of securing outright ownership with one more successful defense. The South African boxing community eagerly anticipates the showdown in the junior flyweight division and the other thrilling matchups in this exciting event presented by the Matiti siblings.