Wolmarans claims first title

Hedda Wolmarans. Photo by Nick Lourens.

Hedda Wolmarans won her first title as a professional fighter when Nomandithini Ndyambo would not come out for the second round of their bout for the South African junior welterweight title. This was after Wolmarans landed a vicious left hand to the body in the first round on Sunday at Presleys, in Boksburg.

“I really didn’t expect it to be that quick,” said the new champion.

“I can’t even say that I expected a knockout. I was ready for 10 rounds.”

The joy in her face showed when her hand was raised.

“I can’t explain it. I was so happy because this is my first title ever. The amount of hard work that has gone into this has been crazy. It was the hardest camp I’ve ever had so I got a little emotional,” she said.

Wolmarans’ trainer/manager Colin Nathan was a proud mentor. Nathan has looked after the national champion’s career since she turned professional in 2015. He reminisced about the time she decided to join his Hot Box stable.

“We made a promise several years ago that I would train her if she would become my first female champion,” he said.

“This is a proud moment for me as she is my first women’s champion and it’s Women’s Month so it’s her time and I’m proud of her.”

Wolmarans won the fight that headlined the Black Magic Team Promotions’ bill labelled “Women Power”.

The main supporting bout on the day saw a surprise when Ashton Davies lost by a majority decision to Bheki Mahlangu in a lightweight bout.

Mogale Molefe stunned Siyabonga Mpangele by winning by a third round technical knockout.

A questionable judges’ decision was witnessed after the match between Bonita van Jaarsveld and Raider Mulemba. Despite van Jaarsveld having seemingly dominated the fight the judges somehow called the lightweight fight a draw.

Sabelo Nkosi looked good when he beat George Kandelo by a unanimous decision in their mini flyweight bout.

Vuyani Sakuyeka also won by a unanimous decision when he beat Athenkosi Mbekeni in their bantamweight fight.

The day started with a draw between middleweights Chris Gouws and Ntsako Miyambo.

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