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Mokhotho ready to defend title

Moorosi Tsiane

NATIONAL boxing champion Moroke Mokhotho says he is ready to defend his national championship title in the national boxing championship which starts on Saturday and end on Sunday at the Lerotholi Polytechnic Hall.

The 28-year-old boxing sensation was crowned champion in an October 2017 tournament that was organised by the Lesotho Boxing Association to select the national team that represented the country at last year’s Commonwealth Games.

The Olympian, who reached the quarterfinals of last year’s Commonwealth Games that were held in Gold Coast, in Australia, said he was ready for the challenge and has been working tirelessly to ensure that he retains his title.

Mokhotho is still under the Olympic Solidarity scholarship that started in 2017 and will end in 2020.

The Olympic Scholarship for Athletes is a programme which is funded by the Olympic Solidarity (OS) that offers National Olympic Committees (NOCs) financial and technical assistance for a limited number of elite athletes who are training to qualify for Olympic Games. The scholarship is aimed at assisting NOCs’ selected elite athletes in their preparation and qualification for the XXXII Olympiad, Tokyo 2020.

Mokhotho said he has been working hard to ensure that he delivers his best performance as he is also preparing for the All Africa Games that will be staged in Morocco later this year.

“The problem with this sport is that everyone feels they are ready and fit enough until the last bout which in most cases decides the fight,” Mokhotho said.

“I have also been hard at work ever since I returned from the Commonwealth Games, so I think I am also ready to face any challenge that come my way.” said Mokhotho.

He said he is still aiming for the overall winner to defend his title.

“I don’t see any surprises, so I am still taking this title. It will also be a boost for me as I get ready for the All Africa Games later this year. I have won two bronzes in the All Africa Games before, so I think it’s time to aim for gold,” Mokhotho said.


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