Top lo­cal fight­ers are for more than R2.4m in prize money

Still wait­ing

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­press.co.za

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).

PHOTO: AN­TO­NIO MUCHAVE

NO COM­MENT The BSA has sus­pended box­ing pro­moter Siphatho Handi’s li­cence

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Ntambi Ravele of the

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