Early last month (February 2019) Bongumusa Nkosi ‘jabbed’ his way to win a silver medal at a boxing tournament held in Mtubatuba, where he represented Durban and the Durban University of Technology (DUT).
DUT’s Child and Youth Care student, Nkosi challenged many boxers at the University Sport South Africa (USSA) Elite Boxing Championships. At the inter-university tournament, he took home the silver medal in the 81+kgs heavyweight category.
Nkosi’s passion for boxing stems from the age of eight years, and after much practices and training, he finally got his chance to go professional last year. At eight years old he used to be bullied, so he took up self – defence and has never looked back, even training in other disciplines of self – defence like karate and mixed martial arts.
“I was bullied from Grade R to Grade two, so I started self – defence classes. It then grew into boxing which I love because the sport uses the whole body and makes you really fit,” said Nkosi.
He also added that he wished more females would join boxing because it is a sport that they can excel in.
“I want to be the face for DUT boxing, I want to recruit people and encourage people to join boxing. I also want to encourage female boxers, because boxing is not just a male sport, it is also a sport that women can participate in,” he said.
His coach Zwi Magudulela, said that Nkosi was headhunted by the eThekwini boxing team which showed that he has great potential. He also added that Nkosi gained extensive experience and he is very proud of him because he was able to come back with a silver medal.
He added that for the next tournament he will be going to the Harry Gwala Stadium in Johannesburg to represent the eThekwini team again.
“There is talent at DUT and there many students representing DUT, and I trust that this year, 2019, we will come back with the number one title at the USSA boxing championships,” said Magudulela.
Pictured: Bongumusa Nkosi with his silver medal.