(OCT 18) A great rivalry has
developed on the South African boxing scene, as World Boxing
Federation (WBF) Womens World Bantamweight Champion Bukiwe
Nonina, 12-4-1 (2), will defend her title in a third fight with
compatriot Matshidiso Mokebisi, 8-7-1 (3), on Thursday October
26 at the Ferdi Meyer Hall in Welkom.
The pair first squared off in
February of 2016 with the WBF International Bantamweight title
on the line, and in this one Mokebisi, a clear underdog going
in, rallied from behind to score an eighth round stoppage of
Nonina in exciting fashion.
A rematch was quickly arranged for the following month with
Nonina coming out on top by unanimous decision. At one victory a
piece, the rubber-match is now set to settle the score, and this
time the winner will emerge as “still” or “new” WBF World
Since the second outing, Mokebisi has defended her WBF
International Bantamweight crown and added the same title at
Super Bantamweight, as well as the South African national title.
Nonina has also flourished, as she won the WBF World
Bantamweight title last March, beating Germany´s former World
Champion Alesia Graf on a close decision.
As is most commonly the case, both boxers are full of confidence
that they will be able to win again:
“Some of my critics have been saying that I won the WBF World
title by luck. I am determined to prove them wrong by beating
Matshidiso for the second time”, said a focused Nonia to South
African media last week.
Equally focused, Mokebisi coolly countered: “I have worked on
the mistakes that made me lose to Bukiwe. I am ready to dethrone
The very interesting tie-breaker will headline a show presented
by The Iron Lady Promotions in association with Free State
Province department of Sports, Arts, Culture & Recreation. As a
special treat for local boxing fans, entry will be free of