One of Mzansi’s most decorated female fighters Bukiwe “Anaconda” Nonina has expressed her disappointment with the isolation of local female boxers by promoters.
Nonina, who is scheduled to defend her World Boxing Federation (WBF) world bantamweight crown later this month, said women only get a chance to showcase their talents during August as part of women celebrations.
“It is really disappointing to see women acquiring their licenses and not getting action. South Africa is richly blessed with talented female boxers, they end up hanging up their gloves because they are not given a platform to showcase their talents,” she said.
“For instance East London is one of the active regions and even called a mecca of boxing, but female fighters are hardly featured on local events. Most of the Eastern Cape ring queens get action from Gauteng. I wish our boxing promoters can change, or Boxing SA should make it compulsory for promoters to feature female athletes on their tournaments,” said Nonina.
The 27 year-old from Idutywa in the Eastern Cape will put her crown on the line against French opponent Amira Hamzaoui at Sterkspruit on August 31.
Two-time Boxing SA Female Fighter of the Year will make her third title defence of a title she won more than two years ago.