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Tenge South Africa's first female world champion

Posted on December 19 2009                                              Bookmark and Share



Unbeaten WBF International champion Noni Tenge extended her streak to eight wins, all but one by knockout (!), against a solitary draw when she overcame an extremely tough and durable Gifty Amanua Ankrah from Ghana to win the World Boxing Federation's ladies world welterweight title last Friday, December 18.

Ankrah arrived in East London with a formidable record, never having been stopped and having already taken the highly talented South African the full 10-round distance in their previous encounter for the lesser title last January.

Boxing behind the jab, Tenge this time outclassed the game girl from Accra, throwing all the punches in the book. In the ninth round, Noni rocked Gifty and had her helpless against the ropes although the Ghanaian refused to go down. Wisely, referee Siya Vabuza stopped the fight and with it crowned Tenge South Africa’s first female world champion. Noni produced an outstanding performance and is arguably at this point in time, the finest female welterweight in the world.

For the record, the judges were Allan Matikane, Simphiwe Mbini and Lulama Mtya with Phakamile Jacobs acting as supervisor. World Boxing Federation president Howard Goldberg was one of the VIPs in attendance at the packed Orient Theatre in East London, South Africa.

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