- The Kings Boxing Tournament will be held in Durban at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in December
- Floyd Mayweather has previously visited South Africa and will be in the country again in December
- The Bayede Championship will be presented to the winner of the fight between Ntethelelo Nkosi and Lindokuhle Dlamini
Boxing royalty will meet South African royalty when the Kings Tournament gets underway in Durban in December.
Hosted by J4 Joy International Tournaments at Moses Mabhida Stadium, the event will be graced by retired boxer, Floyd Money Mayweather.
As reported by Sowetan LIVE, Mayweather will be a guest of his Majesty, King Misuzulu kaZwelithini.
Why was Mayweather invited?
Arnold Nododile, the CEO of the boxing promotion responsible for the Kings Tournament, explained that the Zulu king personally requested that Mayweather is at the event. The two met while his Majesty was still studying. Mayweather has charged a fee to appear on the day but has already signed a contract to confirm his attendance.
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What is the Kings Tournament?
The tournament was designed by the reigning monarch and will feature six title bouts. King Misuzulu will also present the Bayede Championship title to the winner of the fight between Ntethelelo Nkosi and Lindokuhle Dlamini. Nkosi and Dlamini will fight for the vacant KZN Junior Welterweight belt. The Bayede Championship was created by former King, Goodwill Zwelithini.
The tournament will be held on December 11 and will see four world boxing bodies, the WBA, WBO, IBO and WBF, involved.
Has Mayweather visited SA before?
As noted by ESPN, Mayweather last visited the country in 2014. He was in the country for six days, visiting Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, and East London. The government hoped that his visit would have resuscitated boxing in the country.
Throwback: When Floyd Mayweather beat South Africa's Phillip "The Time Bomb" Ndou for WBC lightweight belt
On the way to greatness, Floyd Mayweather had to contend with one of South Africa's finest-ever fighters Phillip "The Time Bomb" Ndou.
"Money" faced off against Ndou for the WBC lightweight title on 01 November 2003 at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sports Brief earlier reported.
Mayweather won the fight fairly comfortably, knocking out Ndou in the seventh round in front of an entertained and partisan crowd in the city he hails from. This was also Mayweather's 13th win from 13 world title fights.