Boxing: fraud reigned supreme in 2015
The South African boxing scene was subject to a spate of misfortunes in and out of the ring in 2015.
The year started off on a sour note when Premier Boxing League promoter and former TV presenter Dicksy Ngqula failed to pay four boxers R1.6 million in purse money for taking part in his tournament in East London in February.
Topping the list of boxers was lightweight Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndongeni, who is still owed R1 million for being the overall winner.
Fighters such as Macbute Sinyabi (featherweight), Toto Helebe (super bantamweight) and Makazole Tete (flyweight) are still waiting to receive R200 000 each.
Another fight impresario, Siphatho Handi of Mamali Promotions, had his licence suspended by Boxing SA (BSA) for a year for failing to pay purse money for boxers who fought in his contest in East London in March.
Handi owes them close on R900 000, including $42 000 (R635 000) to Filipino Rey Loreto, who knocked out his charge, Nkosinathi Joyi, in the first round of their International Boxing Organisation (IBO) junior flyweight title rematch. Joyi has yet to receive his R250 000.
BSA CEO Moffat Qithi was fired in July after advocate Sicelo Mthethwa found him guilty of, among other things, fraud for the unauthorised personal use of the organisation’s credit card.
BSA acting CEO Loyiso Mtya resigned amid allegations of corruption, fraud and mismanagement.
On a positive note, the SABC returned to the scene by televising live boxing contests after a two-year blackout that deprived fans of local action.
Most of the country’s top fighters, such as Zolani Tete (former International Boxing Federation super flyweight champion)
9.98 seconds set by Simon Magakwe in April 2014200m
9.97 set in July by Henricho Bruintjies and equalled by Akani Simbine a few days later
20.11 seconds set by Morné Nagel in April 2006
19.87 set in August by Anaso Jobodwana
New record: 400m Old record:
43.96 seconds set by Wayde van Niekerk in July this year
43.48 seconds set by Van Niekerk in August
5 000m Old record:
13:14.16 set in July 2005 by
1:23:20 set by Lebogang Shange in June
1:21:43 by Shange in August
New record: 50km walk Old record:
3:55:32 set by Marc Mundell in September 2012
3:54:12 set last Sunday by Mundell
Carin Horn equalled 11.06 seconds set by Evette de Klerk in April 1990
Hammer throw Old record:
Annemie Smith set the 60.38m mark in March 2014
60.99m set in May by Smith
13:11.44 set in April by Stephen Mokoka
20km walk Old record:
and Moruti Mthalane (IBO flyweight), can now be seen in action by fans at home.
This is a welcome change from the days when their bouts could only be beamed live outside the country.
The BSA, with the help of the department of sports and recreation, has been promoting boxing by staging fights in all provinces.
BSA chairperson Muditambi Ravele has started a programme to increase the number of provincial tournaments for female boxers.
Sadly, the world of boxing suffered a tragedy in September when Eastern Cape lightweight boxer Mzwanele Kompolo died at Frere Hospital in the Eastern Cape, after being knocked out in the first round of a bout against Siphenathi Qampi in King William’s Town.
MILESTONES Carina Horn equalled a 25year SA 100m record, while Akani Simbine equalled the SA
100m record SPEEDSTERS Anaso Jobodwana (back) set a new national 200m record and Henricho Bruintjies was the first to beat the national 100m record
PAYMENT DUE Xolisani Ndongeni is waiting to be paid R1m for winning a tournament
STILL WAITING Macbute Sinyabi hasn’t seen the R200 000 he is owed either
CULPRIT Premier Boxing League owner Dicksy Ngqula