Akhule Mgoqi, a grade-five learner at Zwelihle Primary has not always had the easiest existence. But, the lack of money or resources has done little to stymie the spirit and enthusiasm of the plucky 12-year old who dreams of becoming an international boxing champ just like his idol, Floyd Mayweather.
Though slight in build, Mqoqi’s speed and ability to place well-timed punches while craftily ducking blows from opponents has seen him copping significant awards at the various tournaments and boxing academies he’s competed in. Of note, despite having very little time to prepare, he obtained a silver medal at a national boxing competition held in Gauteng in June last year. It was here that he caught the eye of officials of the South African National Boxing Organisation (SANABO) and has since been selected to participate in a series of SANABO training camps aimed at grooming young up and coming boxers that will hopefully, in time, be part of the national athletic squad set to compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Durban.