Top SA Boxer Simangele Hadebe Aims to Reach New Heights in 2024

South Africa’s top female boxer started her sporting career out as a long-distance athlete but it was a movie that made her realise boxing is what she wanted to do. The Hollywood movie, Million Dollar Baby is what got Simangele Hadebe interested in the sport, and that’s when she decided to put on boxing gloves, at the age of 21. All photos: Supplied

A relatively late entry to the sport but with powerful inspiration, SA and African champion Simangele Hadebe’s path to boxing had some twists and turns and she’s always eager for more time in the ring, but she feels she is finally getting the recognition she deserves