Zimbabwean boxer Simba ‘The Hawk’ Hokonya made a winning start to his career in Mixed Martial Arts after beating South African Tshepo Majuba by a unanimous points decision in the EFC Featherweight division on Thursday night in Johannesburg.
Hokonya 24, who was born and bred in Chitungwiza where he rose through from amateur boxing to professional level was making his debut appearance in the MMA after switching from boxing.
“I really want to thank my coaches Temba Gorimbo and Dermate Pena for their support. When I came here to South Africa I wanted to continue with boxing but as I started training with them they gave me the confidence that I can achieve great things in MMA,” Hokonya said.
“This was my first fight in MMA, I didn’t go through the amateur ranks since I was already a professional boxer. I’m happy that I started well and I would to have more fights before I challenge for a title fight. Ultimately I would like to win a title fight and later go for the prestigious UFC and follow in the footsteps of my coach Temba.”
Another Zimbabwean Tapiwa Katikati was also victorious on the night, forcing Zambian Robert Simbowe into submission to claim the lightweight bout.
Rising Zimbabwean star Nicholas ‘Gokwe Boy’ Hwende will be in action on 01 December when he defends his world bantamweight title against South African Nkazimulo Zulu.
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