South African boxer Rirothe Randima is a man on a mission ahead of his featherweight contest against his countryman Martin Prinsloo at Africa Boxing 12 which is set to take place at Sun Carousel on 15 February 2019.
Randima, who turns 26 next month, discussed his career and future plans in an exclusive interview with Fox Sports Africa.
What is your nickname?
They call me Zonke. I got the nickname from my father. I never really understood why he nicknamed me Zonke, but it has stuck with me.
How did you get into boxing?
Well, I fell in love with boxing in 2005 and I started training at the age of 12. Since then I never looked back.
What's the highlight of your boxing career thus far?
It was when I made my professional debut against Khayalethu Mnqandi in May 2018. Although I lost the fight, I started well and I ended up losing on points.
You lost to Moabi Ngaka in their previous fight?
It was a tough fight for me at Africa Boxing 11. I gave it all I had, but Ngaka proved he was the better fighter on the night.
How have you prepared for your upcoming fight against Martin Prinsloo?
I have prepared very well for the fight against Prinsloo. I have seen him fight at an amateur level. So, he is not a closed book for me. I want to bounce back to winning ways at Africa Boxing 12.
What in your opinion is your biggest strength or asset as a boxer?
Right is my primary power hand and it carries a lot of force. It has been my secret weapon.
Who is your boxing hero and why?
My boxing role model is former South African boxer Philip Ndou. He is a former WBC lightweight title challenger. I just loved his boxing style. Plus we are from the same province, Limpopo.
What are your goals for the future?
There are two world titles which I love to fight for in the future. The WBC and IBF featherweight titles. It would be a dream come true if I manage to clinch those two belts.