Renowned boxing trainer Mzamo Njekanye has expressed his annoyance after rising star Azinga ‘Golden Boy’ Fuzile was poached by Colin Nathan’s HotBox Gym.
The 22-year-old left the Eastern Cape-based Njekanye last week to head to Johannesburg and link up with Nathan. The move ended a 12-year association between boxer and coach.
Southpaw Fuzile had his last fight under the guidance of Njekanye in July when he won the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Continental Africa junior-lightweight title against Nigerian Waidi Usman.
The boxer has a professional record of 11-0-0 with six knockouts, and his career achievements include winning the South African, World Boxing Council (WBC) Youth and IBF Continental Africa featherweight titles.
"This really upsets and hurts me. But I will continue producing champions," Njekanye is quoted by the Sowetan.
Nathan said: "Azinga initiated communication asking if he could join my stable along with SA featherweight champion Khanyile Bulana. I agreed to take both of them and yes, they are in my stable."
Nathan guided Hekkie Budler to the IBF, World Boxing Association (WBA) Super and The Ring Magazine junior-flyweight titles; Simpiwe Konkco to the retention of his IBO mini-flyweight title; Moruti Mthalane to the defence of his IBF flyweight belt and Ryno Liebenberg to the African Boxing Union (ABU) super-middleweight title this year.