Maskandi sensation Mthandeni “Igcokama Elisha” Manqele and hip-hop heavyweight Cassper Nyovest are preparing to exchange blows in a boxing exhibition fight.
The fight is scheduled to be held in Durban in the next two months.
Both performers have enormous social media followings, and when they perform live, they consistently draw large crowds of fans.
Even though they have never sparred or publicly bickered about who is better than the other, they would want to settle the score inside the ring to clear the air.
Reputable sources have informed Sunday World that renowned professional boxing promoter Dr Hlula Dladla has approached Cassper Nyovest and Manqele about facing off in the ring.
Winning back the boxing fans
They are said to have shown a great deal of interest because they both adore the sport and want to help bring it back to life. The popularity of the fistic sport has lagged behind other sporting codes over the past few years.
To attract fans, the mother body of boxing, Boxing South Africa, has recently started holding boxing exhibition fights.
Three times before, in December 2021, April 2022, and October 2022, Cassper Nyovest entered the ring and squared off against Slik Talk, NaakMusiQ, and Priddy Ugly.
Dladla, a businessman from Estcourt in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, successfully staged the Big Zulu and Phumlani Njinji bout in Durban in December.
The hefty Big Zulu lost to businessman Njinji.
Who’s the boss?
Despite Manqele’s posting of videos of himself working out on social media, neither Cassper Nyovest nor Manqele responded to Sunday World’s request for comments.
A source said: “Don’t blame them for not attending to your query at this juncture because, from what I gathered, they are ironing out a few things on contracts.
“But trust me, they want to get on that ring and show people who’s the boss.”
Dladla laughed out loud when asked for a comment.
“Please don’t spoil the fun because there are a few things we are working on. When the time is right, we shall communicate with the nation about this big event,” he said.