By Monwabisi Jimlongo
East London boxing trainer Mzamo ‘Chief’ Njekanye is not bothered by a hectic election campaign between now and the day of the local government elections, which might tamper with his plans to focus fully on training world title hopeful Azinga ‘Golden Boy’ Fuzile.
Njekanye will soon embark on a door-to-door campaign as he seeks re-election as an African National Congress (ANC) councillor in the Buffalo City Metro (BCM).
His campaign trail will coincide with his schedule to train Fuzile ahead of the vacant International Boxing Federation (IBF) junior-lightweight title fight against Kenichi Ogawa from Japan.
“I respect boxing. Even when l was still working l respected boxing,” Njekanye said.
“Nothing is going to stop me from fulfilling my duty as Azinga’s trainer. I have been in this boxing for a long time now. Anyone who doubts me is wasting his time. I know how to manage my time.”
Njekanye has revealed that he’s going to get some assistance from people he trusts in the build-up to Fuzile’s fight against Ogawa.
“I do have people who are going to assist me. But l’m not going to divulge their names,” he said.
Fuzile got this wonderful opportunity to fight for the world title after an injury forced Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov from Tajikistan to pull out of the clash against Ogawa.
Initially, Ogawa and Rakhimov were scheduled to fight in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) last month. The fight got postponed after Rakhimov picked up an injury.