FANS of boxing should expect fireworks when local boxers trade leather at Makoanyane Barracks this afternoon as part of the process to select the national team for next year’s Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, Australia.
Boxers from different boxing clubs converged for the two-day National Championships that kicked off yesterday and are expected to end tonight.
Lesotho Boxing Association (LeBA) Public Relations Officer, Katiso Tšenoli, told the Sunday Express that this was their biggest tournament and it would serve the dual purpose of selecting a team for the Commonwealth Games as well as the national team for other competitions.
“This is the biggest event on our calendar and every boxer knows how important it is to take part,” Tšenoli said.
“We will select the national team for next year’s Commonwealth Games although we already have two boxers in the Commonwealth programme.
“We will be also select a national team which will represent us whenever there are international competitions until we host another championship.”
The championship returns after a two year absence during which time boxers were randomly picked to participate in international tournaments.
“This was not fair to other boxers and as the new committee we decided against that so as to revive the sport and give every boxer a fair chance.”
Tšenoli said the weight categories ranged from 49 to 79 kilogrammes and outstanding performers would receive medals and trophies.
“This is the senior tournament but unfortunately we don’t have heavyweights hence we will have boxers up to 79 kg category. Outstanding performers will get individual and team medals,” he said.