NELSON Mandela Bay boxing lass Nthabiseng Didi is a nominee for the Boxing South Africa (BSA) Female Prospect of the Year Award.
The awards will take place for the first time after seven years of absence, at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban on Friday, January 27.
The awards were reinstated after cries from members of the boxing fraternity for the return of the awards which pushed boxing licencees like boxers, trainers, managers and promoters to up their game.
Boxing fans nominate participants in the Male and Female Boxer of the Year, Male/Female Fight of the Year, Male/Female Prospect of the Year, Manager of the Year and Promoter of the Year. Nominations were directed specifically at activity from January to December 2016.
Didi (20) of Motherwell, with a solitary loss in five outings, stands a good chance to lift the coveted Prospect Of the Year Award against competition from two Gauteng lasses, Melissa Miller and Hedda Wolmarans.
Wolmarans, a Junior Welterweight, unbeaten in two fights, all by Knock Out (KO), is the new kid on the block while veteran Millerâ€™s exciting encounter in seven fights against Matshidiso Mokebisi for the World Boxing Federation (WBF) International Bantamweight title fight in Bloemfontein which she lost on points after giving a sterling performance, remains her only claim.
Miller, who turned professional in 2004, won only one fight with six losses in her seven bouts.
â€œShe (Didi) deserves it,â€? said Nelson Mandela Bay BSA Service Provider Mthunzi Mapitiza.
â€œIn Didi we have a fine prospect. She won the hearts of many when she beat the experienced Siphosethu Nxazonke in Durban during the Womenâ€™s Boxing Tournament in March last year.â€?
According to Maptiza, Didi delivers the best art with basics in the ring.
â€œEven when she lost (in a highly contested decision against South African Champion Nozweletu Mathonsi for the title in Tshwane in December 2015) fans still loved her and questioned the judgesâ€™ decision.â€?