‘Smash’ Hadebe Gives Women’s Boxing Tournament Thrilling Finale

Simangele "Smash" Hadebe delivered a classy performance in Sandton, South Africa, on Thursday night,
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Simangele "Smash" Hadebe delivered a classy performance in Sandton, South Africa, on Thursday night, putting a solid exclamation mark on ESPN Africa’s almost all-women tournament.

The sisters did it for themselves, from most of the officiating to the bulk of the bludgeoning — and if one thing was clear, it was that the ladies are improving their skill sets and earning their spot on boxing’s centre stage.

Hadebe, defending her African Boxing Union flyweight title, was too slick for challenger Stumai Maki. She boxed well from behind her jab, bobbing and weaving under her opponent’s shots and pounding away at head and body.

Over-matched Maki quit on her stool at the start of the fourth round, suffering from what seemed to be a dislocated shoulder, but she was never really in this contest.

Hadebe improved to 12 wins, three losses and two draws...Read more.

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