ESPN Africa Boxing 19 Promises a Feast For Viewers

Boxing fans across Africa can look forward to an exhilarating evening when the ESPN Africa Boxing 19 takes place in Johannesburg. Broadcasting live on ESPN on Thursday 28 July 2022, from 19:00 (CAT), the event’s bill sanctioned by Boxing South Africa (BSA) features some of Africa’s top boxers who will take to the ring to compete for glory.

The reigning South African flyweight champion Jackson Chauke is set to take on Tanzanian Mustafa Mkupasi for the vacant ABU flyweight title. Chauke, (37), who is tipped as the favourite, has held the WBC International flyweight title in the past and is an experienced boxer. Nicknamed ‘M3,’ he started boxing on the streets of Tembisa to counter bullies and after becoming an amateur boxer in the early 2000’s, he never looked back. Chauke transitioned to professional after his return from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Competing in the female bout, Malawian Anisha Basheel wants to show the boxing world that women are equal to men when she takes to the ring. The former ABU and Commonwealth champion is scheduled to face South African Kholosa Ndobayini in an international lightweight bout over eight rounds. Besides from being a full-time soldier of the Malawi Defence Force, the 24-year-old is also an ambassador for Plan International’s Girls Get Equal campaign. This initiative is a global movement demanding power, freedom and representation for girls and young women.

Basheel says she was underestimated her whole life, but as a champion in the boxing world, she is hoping to show young girls everywhere that anything is possible. “They said I can’t, I said, watch me!” said the Malawian.

The co-main event is a 10-round Super Lightweight clash between South Africa’s Xolisani Ndongeni (29 -2-0) and Indonesia’s Reymond Yenong (11-6-1). The main card also features an eight-round Junior Featherweight fight between Mzuvukile Magwaca (21–0–3), who recently returned to the ring following a long injury recovery period and Sabelo Negbiyana (14 -5-0) who is renowned for his knockout punches.

The fight card for this event, is as follows:


Main event: ABU Flyweight Title
12 Rounds
Jackson Chauke (RSA, 20-1-2)
Mustapha Mukapasi (Tanzania, 9-0-0)

Jackson Chauke during the ESPN Africa Boxing 19 weigh-in Johannesburg, South Africa on July 27, 2022
© Barry Aldworth / ESPN

Co-main event: Super Lightweight 
10 Rounds
Xolisani Ndongeni (RSA, 29-2-0)
Reymond Yanong (Philippines, 11-6-1)

Lightweight (Female)
6 Rounds
Kholosa Ndobayini (RSA, 15-10-0)
Anisha Basheel (Malawi, 9-8-0)

Anisha Basheel during the ESPN Africa Boxing 19 weigh-in Johannesburg, South Africa on July 27, 2022
© Barry Aldworth / ESPN

Jnr Lightweight
8 rounds
Lucky Monyebane (SA, (8-3-0)
Koos Sibiya (RSA, (23-17-5)

Jnr Featherweight 
8 rounds
Mzuvukile Magwaca (SA,, 21-0-3)
Sabelo Ngebiyana (RSA, 14-5-0)


Junior Middleweight
4 rounds
Donjuan Van Heerden (4-0-1)
Dillon Solomons (2-0-0)

Junior Lightweight
6 rounds
Athenkosi Plaaitjies (4-0-0)
Emile Britz (2-0-0)

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

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By Andrew Germishuys

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