Top local fighters are for more than R2.4m in prize money
Boxing SA (BSA) has suspended Siphatho Handi’s licence after the promoter failed to pay the R855 000 he owes boxers. This was after the Eastern Cape-based Handi did not meet the payment deadline that was set by the BSA. The owner of Mamali Boxing Promotions was given until May 22 to pay the outstanding purse money owed to fighters who featured on his bill in East London on March 22 – or have his licence suspended for a year.
The fighters who have not been paid include former International Boxing Federation mini flyweight champion Nkosinathi Joyi, who fought Filipino Roy Loreto for the International Boxing Organisation title, and Mzonke Fana, who slugged it out with Koos Sibiya for the SA lightweight diadem.
BSA board chairperson Ntambi Ravele said: “Handi was given a deadline by which he either had to pay up or face the consequences.
“He failed to pay and this has obviously led to him forfeiting his licence.”
When contacted for comment, Handi told City Press that he was not allowed to discuss the nonpayment of fighters with the media.
“I’m not allowed to comment because this is a sensitive matter,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ravele said the legal case regarding Professional Boxing League boss Dicksy Ngqula was in progress.
Ngqula is also facing charges of nonpayment. He has failed to pay four boxers who participated in the league’s final showdown in Mdantsane, East London, in February for a collective R1.6 million in prize money.
Erstwhile SA lightweight champion Xolani Ndongeni, who secured the league title, is owed R1 million.
Ngqula, who was once a TV commentator, still owes the other three fighters who participated in that bill R200 000 apiece.
Those boxers are Makazole Tete (flyweight), Macbute Sinyabi (featherweight) and Toto Helebe (bantamweight).
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