TAB and Betting World have teamed up with Sun International and TCB Boxing Promotions to present the inaugural boxing tournament at the new Times Square Casino in Pretoria.
The fight night, on 6 April, will feature two headline fights – one for a world title – on an eight-fight card. For the first time South African fight – and betting – fans will be able to place a series of tote bets on the fights, predicting the outcome of individual bouts (the Fight 1 bet) or on selection of five bouts (the Fight 5 bet).
There will be a R5 minimum bet, or with permutations. Fans will have to select one of five options for each fight: boxer A to win on points; boxer A to win by any other means; a draw; Boxer B to win on points and Boxer B to win by any other means.
The move into offering betting on boxing was a logical one, said Matthew Briton, TAB’s Head of Projects and Innovation at Phumelela. “We have known for a long time that there is an affinity between horse racing and boxing.”
He said boxing was already the second biggest sport in the Eastern Cape and the message must be spread around the rest of the country.
Fight – and betting – fans will be able to watch the fights live on the night and bet at TAB and Betting World outlets or through live screening on tellytrack.com.
Briton said: “On the night we will have a broadcast crew in the Times Square Casino Arena and will send the fights into TAB and Betting World shops so fans will be able to watch the fights live at TAB or Betting World or they could buy a day pass from tellytrack.com and watch the fights sitting at home.”
The fight night will be dovetailed with the horseracing meeting scheduled for the night of 6 April at Greyville.
Dr Chris Nteta, of TLB boxing promoters, said their company was started last year to get boxing back into its position as the number 1 sport in the country and to uplift the youth. For this reason he welcomed to involvement of Phumelela in the project.
For Xolisani “The Wasp” Ndongeni (headline photo), his target is to move his career record to 24-0 and win the vacant WBF Lightweight title against Abraham Ndaendopa of Namibia.
“I’d like to be the first world champion to come out of the programme at Times Square,” Ndongeni said at the announcement of TAB’s boxing betting launch.
The card will also feature a fight for the Junior SA Welterweight between Xolani Mcotheli, the champion, and challenger Warren Joubert. There will also be a bout featuring women boxers.
The Times Square Casino Arena will have seats for 4000 fans, with prices at R200, R300 and R500 for ringside.; available from Computicket.
The full card:
Vacant WBF Lightweight title 12 rounds
Xolisani Ndongeni (challenger/Eastern Cape) vs Abraham Ndaendopa (challenger/Namibia)
SA Junior welterweight title 12 rounds
Xolani Mcotheli (champion) vs Warren Joubert (challenger)
Gauteng JNR welterweight title 10 rounds
Michael Mokoena (champion) vs Marcus LEBOGO (challenger)
Female Lightweight 6 rounds
Bonita van Jaarseveldt vs Sthandiwe Ngcobo
Bantamweight 6 rounds
Clautus Mbhele vs Ronnie Chiloane
Flyweight 4 rounds
Kagiso Moroane vs Mpumi Tshabalala
Lightweight 4 rounds
Ripfumelo Shikwambana vs Sikhokhele Tuso
Flyweight 4 rounds
Bafana Nophondo vs David Chweu