The two female boxers, Ngarothe Mugeri (left) and Caroline Rabali (right), who will be making their professional boxing debut at Meropa Casino this Friday with their coach, John “Smoking Joe” Nemakonde (middle). Photo: Victor Mukwevho.

Former female Musangwe fighter turns professional boxer

Sport - Date: 28 September 2023


Former female fist fighter Caroline Rabali is confident that her entry into the world of professional boxing will be successful. She will be trading punches with Wendy Gcado during the much-talked-about Rise of Women in Boxing tournament to be held at Meropa Casino this Friday, 29 September.

Rabali made history a few years ago when she became the first female fist fighter. She is the daughter of former Musangwe champion Abraham Rabali.

Speaking to Limpopo Mirror earlier this week, she said she had been encouraged to participate in fist fighting by her father. “In fact, I used to beat boys in bare-knuckle fights without rules,” she said.

When asked if she thought she would be able to reach the professional boxing ranks, she said she had no doubts. “Believe you me, I am going to crush my opponents. I will be a champion soon.”

Another female boxer who will be making her debut in the professional ranks is Ngarothe Mugeri. She also vowed to local boxing lovers that she would win her debut fight.

Mr John “Smoking Joe” Nemakonde, who is the training manager for these two female boxers, said he was very confident that they would both make Vhembe proud. “I am very happy for them. We are going to make a very big impact on boxing history,” he said.


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Victor Mukwevho

Victor Mukwevho Ne-vumbani joined the Mirror during it's inception in 1990. He joined the SABC newsroom in 1995, and was known by  listeners as "A u fhedzisela ari". He was a news editor for The Tembisan Newspaper from 2007 to 2015. He rejoined the Limpopo Mirror newspaper in June 2022 as a freelance journalist.

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