FIGHT FOR CHANGE


[Cape Town, South Africa] Boxing has always been referred to as the "Sweet Science". This alludes to the fact that boxing is "a skillful craft that involves strategy and forethought - much like a chess match", an extract from iSport states. What makes it even sweeter is when all proceeds of a boxing event are donated to a charitable cause. Point in case, Fight For Change, a boxing event which took place on 15 June at the Tsogo Sun's, Southern Sun Hotel in Cape Town.

African Pride Fighting Championship (a local fight promotion) and Siv Ngesi Producitons teamed up to bring this great initiative to life. Two charities, Pebbles Project and Dare to Share, were the beneficiaries of the donation. Pebbles Project's primary focus is directed at education for children and Dare to share focuses on feeding schemes for the less fortunate.

"The main emphasis of the Pebbles Project is education. We work with children and families in the Winelands farming communities in the Western Cape. We focus on the entire life of the child and the challenging circumstances in which they live in order to make a significant and last difference." - Pebbles Project

So now that you know where the donations are going, let's focus on the event. 

Bouts, ranging from amateur to pro, from beginners to veterans, all for a good cause. These fighters put their bodies on the line in the name of charity. So much so, that we saw Mordi Serraf, from Pride Fighting Academy (PFA), land a clean shot that knocked out his opponent Sean Stacey, from Samurai Martial Arts. This fight along with others, such as the Shane Braaf vs Carlo Schippers fight, showed how extremely technical boxing can be. Fighters showed good, sound skill and were exceptionally entertaining to watch. 

The main event saw Mike Mouneimne, owner of PFA as well APFC, against Bruce Van Rensburg of Samurai Martial Arts. These two veterans of combat sport started a slug fest from the time the bell rang to kick off the fight. Mouneimne showed to be very aggressive and landed a number of significant strikes that made Van Rensburg stumble a number or times. The ref eventually had to call it and Mouneimne won the fight via TKO in the very first round.

Great fights with great support and all for a good cause. Here are the official results:

Aiden beats Ayabola via TKO
Wesley Solomon beats Matthew Alexander via TKO
Luke Smith beats Gideon Alard via TKO
Jeremy Jardim beats Chad November via Judges Decision
Megan McCormack vs Julien Esterhuyzen declared a draw
Matt van Eden beats Johan Burger via TKO
Mordi Serraf beats Sean Stacey via KO
Wade Sage beats Kurt Stanley via Split Decision
Bryce Johnston vs Theuns Nel declared a draw
Shane Braaf beats Carlo Schippers via Unanimous Decision

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