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Ready To Rumble – PSL Ballers Who Enjoy Boxing

Boxing is known to be one of the most physically taxing sports in the world with many footballers using its training methods to keep in shape. We take a look at some PSL footballers who have taken to the thrilling combat sport. Check it out!

To see the ballers influenced by boxing, scroll through the gallery above

What’s the story?

Over the years, many footballers have been influenced by boxing, whether as fans or enthusiasts who look to take a little more from the sport. In recent years, there has been an increase of eyes drawn to boxing, which was often led by celebrities and social media figures taking part in various bouts and exhibition.

Amakhosi Boxer

In the local football scene, there has been a number of footballers who either admire the sport or partake in it from a training point of view. For one, Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Cole Alexander often takes to his social media pages and showcases his skills.

The former Polokwane City star is often seen hitting the bag, while also doing other boxing training drills.  Former SuperSport United star and fan favourite, Thuso Phala was also seen going about boxing training, as seen in some of his social media posts last year.

Gloves For Boots

Former Maritzburg United midfielder Orlando Smeekes plied his trade in the PSL between 2012 and 2014. He hung up his boots in 2019 as he embarked on a career in kickboxing. Smeekes was not the only PSL footballer to make the transition into combat sports. A couple of years ago, ex-Golden Arrows man Phikelelani Khumalo quit the beautiful game to step into the ring.

In 2016, Amakhosi goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune posted a tribute to boxing great Mohammed Ali, as he posed in a robe while wearing some gloves.

To see the ballers influenced by boxing, scroll through the gallery above

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