Ellen Simwaka in line for ABU bout


Female boxer, Ellen Simwaka, has received a chance to emulate compatriot Anisha Bashir in vying for the African Boxing Union (ABU) honour.

Bashir is the ABU super lightweight champion and Simwaka could follow suit.

Simwaka is expected to face Simangele Hadebe of South Africa in an ABU bantamweight title fight on May 25 at Portuguese Hall in Johannesburg.


The two boxers also met on September 9 2017 when Hadebe prevailed.

“I am sure that I won the previous fight but the judges tampered with the results. This time around, I am more determined to win the fight and get the title,” said Simwaka, who is training in South Africa.

According to, the title fight is subject to change and approval of the sanctioning board.


The rematch has since attracted reviews in South Africa.

The duo’s fight of last year was nominated for Fight of the Year Award in South Africa but it did not win.

Simwaka, 20, has six wins, including four knockouts. She has lost thrice, including once through a knockout, and drew once. Hadebe has four wins, including a knockout. She also has a loss and draw.

Simwaka wants to emulate Bashir, who won the ABU title in Kenya last December when she stopped Consolata Musunga in the ninth-round.

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