May 2016 1st Edition

Young promoter wants to grow boxing

Written by Sekgabo Kedijang
Determination and passion are key factors that have contributed to the success of Tumelo Pedi in realising and achieving his goals.

Despite injury Tumelo Pedi continues to contribute to boxing in the country.When Pedi began his career as an amateur boxer in 2012 under the mentorship of trainer Allan Toweel, he had many hopes and dreams about his future in the boxing industry.

This was however short-lived when he fought against Rofhiwa “War Chila”Maemu in the  2015 Gauteng Featherweight Championship where he sustained a head injury. This led to his untimely retirement as a professional boxer.

The ever resilient Pedi did not let his injury get in the way of his passion and love for boxing. In February 2016, Pedi (now 23) received a promoting license from Boxing SA, making him the youngest boxing promoter in South Africa.

A boxing promoter’s work involves setting up and promoting boxing matches and fights between different boxers. Usually a promoter is responsible for finding talented boxers, signing them up for a fight, finding the venue for the fight, marketing the fight, and ensuring that people attend the event.

Pedi never imagined that he would eventually start his own promotions company TwoShots.  His company is dedicated to the revival and growth of boxing in South Africa.

In an interview with Vuk’uzenzele Pedi cited his excitement about the development of boxing in South Africa. He further indicated that South Africa has good fighters and good trainers but lacks enough promoters which is something he hopes to change going forward.

“I know a lot about boxing, I have been a fighter and would like to see top fighters getting an opportunity to fight and go somewhere in their careers,” said Pedi.

Pedi recently hosted his first boxing tournament at the Walter Sisulu Hall in Randburg, Johannesburg, which headlined former rivals Rofhiwa Maemu and Katiso Hlahane.

“SA has a lot of boxing talent and I’m really looking forward to the development and growth of professional boxing in the country,” said Pedi.


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