Veteran boxing referee Simon Mokadi says he is looking forward to taking charge of the African Boxing Union (ABU) bout between Thomas Oosthuizen and Thabiso Mchunu this coming weekend.
The match between ‘Tommy Gun’ and ‘The Rock’ will be the headline event of Golden Gloves' Call to Glory at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg on Saturday, September 1. Mchunu and Oosthuizen will battle for the vacant ABU Cruiserweight title.
Mokadi is a veteran of over two decades of service to boxing in South Africa and being assigned to a fight of this magnitude is in recognition of the 47-year-old’s career.
ABU vice-president Peter Ngatane said the Tembisa-based official is walking in the footsteps of the retired Clement Martins, a highly-respected boxing referee.
"Martins never interfered with action and never stole limelight from boxers. Mokadi is gradually getting there," said Ngatane, as quoted by The Sowetan. Mokadi will be taking charge of his fifth ABU-sanctioned title fight.
"I am grateful and honoured to be appointed for such an important title fight," he explained. "It will be a challenge for me and I hope to handle it very well."
The support fights on the bill include an ABU Super Middleweight bout between Ryno ‘Lion’ Liebenberg and Alfonso ‘Terror’ Tissen, and Lusanda ‘Mexican’ Komanisi and Michael ‘Pronto’ Mokoena meeting in the lightweight division over 10 rounds.