Fulufhelo “Mayweather” Ramaliba, photographed after a training session on Monday morning. Photo: Victor Mukwevho.

Ramaliba is ready to prove himself


Local light-heavyweight boxer Fulufhelo “Mayweather” Ramaliba is optimistic that he will emerge victorious against Dalon Processer in their eagerly anticipated boxing match on 5 April. The fight is scheduled to take place at Emperor’s Palace in Kempton Park.

Ramaliba has been seeking an opponent to enhance his rankings in the division. According to his training manager, Mr John “Smoking Joe” Nemakonde, Ramaliba faces challenges in securing opponents due to his being the sole light-heavyweight boxer in Limpopo Province. Nemakonde must negotiate with boxing promoters and matchmakers from other provinces to arrange matches for Ramaliba.

Speaking to Limpopo Mirror after training at the Thohoyandou Arts Centre gym on Monday morning, a visibly fatigued Ramaliba expressed his dedication to winning the fight. “As I am the only light-heavyweight boxer in the province, it is not easy to find opponents. So, when I get an opportunity to fight, I have to seize it. I am determined to win this fight,” he said.

Ramaliba emphasised his commitment to training, stating that he spends Monday to Friday in the gym preparing for his matches. “I am always prepared to fight anytime, anywhere,” he added.

Ramaliba also called on the corporate world and the government to support boxing as they do with football and other sporting codes. “We don’t even have a boxing ring in our gym. We only see a boxing ring when we go for fights, and it is very difficult to adjust to those sponges in the ring. But there is nothing we can do, except to work with what we have at the moment,” he explained.


Sport - Date: 23 March 2024

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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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