during the 2018 Fox Africa Boxing 8 at the Carnival City, Johannesburg on 20 July 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

ESPN Africa Boxing 16 Fight Card Announced

The ESPN Africa Boxing tournament is building momentum as every month, the continent’s top boxing talent compete for glory in exciting matchups, showcasing their combat prowess in the ring. The sixteenth instalment of the Africa Boxing series will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa on Thursday 21 April 2022 from 19:00.


Two title fights will feature at this month’s event. Cowin Ray (champion) will take on Andile Mntungwa (challenger) in the SA Super Middleweight Title fight, while Bangile Nyangani (champion) and Loyiso Ngantweni (challenger) will compete for the SA Mini Flyweight Title.


Mzuvukile Magwaca will make his return to the ring in an undercard fight. The boxer who is nicknamed “Old Bones” was the IBF Inter-Continental Bantamweight Champion at the highpoint in his career, when he was shot in a robbery in his home in 2018. Having started boxing as a child, he made his professional debut in 2009 and racked up a record of 23 fights, 20 wins, no losses and 3 draws. After many years, much rehabilitation, therapy, training, and support from the Cape Town boxing community, Magwaca now plans to make a comeback.


The fight card for what promises to be an exhilarating evening at the April event, is as follows:




Main event: SA Super Middleweight Title 

12 rounds

Cowin Ray (Champion)


Andile Mntungwa (Challenger


Co-main event: SA Mini Flyweight Title

10 rounds

Bangile Nyangani


Loyiso Ngantweni


Jnr Welterweight

6 rounds

Nthethelelo Nkosi


Kalela Kudumbu



6 rounds

Kagiso Bagwasi (BOT)


Simphiwe Ntombela


Junior Featherweight

6 rounds

Mzuvukile Magwaca


Sanele Maduna



8 rounds

Kutlwano Ogaketse (BOT)


Kabelo Bikitsha (SA)





Jnr Featherweight

4 rounds

Lukholo Mabece


Papish Baloyi



4 rounds

Donjuan van Heerden


Lumpugu Matoka


Female Lightweight

6 Rounds

Raider Muleba (SA)


Aratwa Kasemang (BOT)



Featuring a diverse range of the continent’s boxing talent, the ESPN Africa Boxing events that take place on the last (or second last) Thursday of every month, are televised to an audience of up to 60 million homes across Africa and Latin America. The action starts at 19:00 (CAT) on ESPN (DStv 218, Starsat 248), SABC Sport and selected international broadcasters including ESPN across Latin America, as well as a highlights package in TKO (SABC 2, Fridays at 21:30).



How to tune in:


ESPN: DStv 218, Starsat 248 

SABC Sport


  • All times are stated in CAT / SAST.
  • Schedule subject to change