Box­ing: fraud reigned supreme in 2015

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

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

New record:

Old record:

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

New record:

43.48 sec­onds set by Van Niek­erk in Au­gust

5 000m Old record:

13:14.16 set in July 2005 by

Shadrack Hoff

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

New record:

3:54:12 set last Sun­day by Mun­dell

WOMEN

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

New record:

New record:

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.

PHO­TOS: ROGER SE­DRES / GALLO IM­AGES CAMERON SPENCER / GETTY IM­AGES PHO­TOS: IAN WAL­TON / MUSTAFA YAL­CIN / ANADOLU AGENCY / GETTY IM­AGES

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

PHOTO: LEON SADIKI

PAY­MENT DUE Xolisani Ndon­geni is wait­ing to be paid R1m for win­ning a tour­na­ment

PHOTO: THEMBA MAKO­FANE

STILL WAIT­ING Macbute Sinyabi hasn’t seen the R200 000 he is owed ei­ther

PHOTO: LUCKY NX­U­MALO

CUL­PRIT Premier Box­ing League owner Dicksy Ngqula

PHOTO: LUCKY NX­U­MALO

GONE

Mof­fat Qithi

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