Fight Club, Part 1

by | May 6, 2012 | Boxing, Hillbrow/Yeoville, Johannesburg | 8 comments

First in a two-part series. Read Part 2.

Yesterday there was a tournament at the Hillbrow Boxing Club. It was my first time watching a live boxing competition. Young kids competed, as well as youth and adults. There were eight three-round bouts. Seven of the fights were male fights and one was a female fight.

One of Saturday’s youngest competitors.

I have lots to say about this tournament, and lots of photos to show. Too much for a single post. Today I’ll take you on a visual journey of the Hillbrow tournament, and tomorrow I’ll get into the meat of the story.

The journey begins:

Sandile, the most photogenic boxer at the Hillbrow Boxing Club, hangs around the ring before the tournament. Sandile didn’t fight yesterday.

Spectators line up along the fence outside the gym, with the Hillbrow Tower looming behind.


Here we go…

Boxing in the shadow of Ponte City.

They may be young, but trust me, these kids don’t mess around. 

Pep talk. This boy, whose name is Thabang, ultimately won his fight.

This photo says a lot about winning and losing.

Time for the older guys.

I love the geometry of the boxing ring. It provides interesting angles for photography.

“Jeppa!” (That means “jab”.)

Anita “Six Arms” Powell prepares for her fight. I’ll tell you more about Anita in the next post.

To be continued.


  1. Sine

    Very cool. Boxing is so NOT my world and therefore so intriguing. Plus, I have a weakness for the Power of One, which is all about boxing (and a whole lot else of course).

    • 2summers

      Boxing was never part of my world either and I never would have expected it to be! I loved the Power of One.

  2. Kathryn McCullough

    You got some great shots. Can’t wait to learn more about Anita.

  3. jackie hulme

    great post – the atmosphere was electric on Saturday. I have a copy of the Power of One for you if you have not read it – I think have two copies on my shelf – it is the most amazing book. Jacks

    • 2summers

      Oh yes, I’ve read it! One of my favorite books.

  4. Pule

    Jeppa is actually a general word not specifically Zulu…

    • 2summers

      Oh, thank you! I was misinformed. I’ll change this now.


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