Academy puts on show for a good cause

Vukile Magwaza drops his opponent in last week’s Rope-A-Dope event in Hope Street.

Khayelitsha District Hospital will receive a major boost in their emergency unit, courtesy of proceeds from a boxing event hosted by Pride Fighting Academy (PFA).

R25 000 will go to the hospital through the SA Medical and Education (SAME) Foundation, which supports hospitals and clinics by supplying equipment and infrastructure.

CEO of SAME Foundation, Trevor Pols, says the foundation was formed to help with the education and health sector, focusing primarily on the underprivileged areas to make sure they have the same resources as private facilities.

“I think it’s absolutely amazing that these men and women would put their bodies on the line in that ring for charity to make a positive difference to communities that really need the assistance,” said Pols.

With hospitals around the country still battling with Covid-19 related illnesses and with the fourth wave reported to be around the corner, the Khayelitsha hospital like many around the country is in need of all the support necessary.

The event titled Rope-A-Dope was hosted by the promotion banner of PFA, Africa Pride Fighting Championship in Hope Street and was the third partnership with the SAME foundation.

A total of 10 bouts took place on Friday night and the highlight of the night was the main fight, which saw the return of Vukile ‘Old Bones’ Magwaza.

The Khayelitsha boxer defied all odds when he stepped in the ring for the first time in three years. Under the watchful eye of trainer and PFA owner Michael Mouneimne, Old Bones has been slowly working his way back to competitive boxing after having his career cut short when he was shot in the leg during a home robbery in his Khayelitsha home.

Magwaza took care of business in the ring, dispatching Nkcubeko Jacob in the second round.

The event also provided a much-needed experience in the ring to up-and-coming combatants.

Hamza Mouneimne takes on Buhle Rhasimeni at last week’s boxing event in aid of Khayelitsha District Hospital.
Aneesha Mayman takes on Sisonke Nthonga.
Owen Venganyi and Timothy Duncan.
Elan Schnider takes on Nicholas Goodwin during their bout at last week’s charity boxing event.
Elan Schnider takes on Nicholas Goodwin.
Mago Mutabi won his fight via stoppage against Paco Kampany.
Michael Mouneimne letting his emotions go with the return of Vukile Magwaza in the ring.