The Friday Fight Nights series will be a true showcase of African boxing talent and provide a fresh opportunity to re-position the sweet science of boxing across the continent.
SUN International’s Carnival City is the battleground for the second event in the newly launched pan-African boxing series, Friday Fight Nights.
The action-packed event, dubbed the Big Top Beat Down, takes place in the Big Top Arena on April 28 and will see fighters from nine African countries compete in 10 thrilling bouts, including three title bouts.
Notable fighters on the fight card include the world-rated cruiserweight Junior Makabu, from the DRC, who will compete in a non-title bout on the back of his loss to Tony Bellew at Goodison Park. This fight will provide a great opportunity for Makabu to return to his winning ways and get back into the global cruiserweight picture.
Another headline fighter is Ruann Visser, who returns from a three-week training camp in Austria as Wladimir Klitschko’s main sparring partner. He faces a tough customer in Kenya’s Bernard Adie, a tricky journeyman with a lot of experience.
The highly rated Tommy Oosthuizen will compete against a still-to-be-announced opponent for the vacant ABU South Light Heavyweight Title.
Other boxers on the fight card are the current South African heavyweight champion Osbourne Machimane, who is matched against Ghana’s Paakwesi Ankrah for the vacant WBF African heavyweight title, and DRC’s Jimmy Mbanji, who squares up against WBF intercontinental light heavyweight champion, David Bassjammuville, from Uganda, both over 10 rounds.
The Friday Fight Nights series, made possible by Africa’s newest pay TV broadcaster Kwesé TV and Kalakoda Promotions, will be a true showcase of African boxing talent and will provide a fresh opportunity to re-position the sweet science of boxing across the continent, unearthing new heroes with a boxing series created for African athletes.
“We are delighted to get boxing going again at Carnival City and the fight card on the 28th looks top drawer. We are happy to be working with the Kalakoda Promotions and the Kwesé Sport team and look forward to more exciting shows with them,” says Sun International’s Elardus Senekal.
Doors to the Big Top Arena will open at 18:00, with the first fight at 18:30. Tickets are on sale at Computicket from R150.