BSA to be stricter on ti­tle­hold­ers

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

Box­ing SA (BSA) will this year em­bark on a strict pol­icy to en­sure that na­tional cham­pi­ons do not take too long to de­fend their ti­tles.

The move is aimed at keep­ing fight­ers ac­tive, and is a re­sponse to the cur­rent “cri­sis” of some ti­tlists hav­ing been dor­mant for more than a year.

Ac­cord­ing to BSA sanc­tion­ing com­mit­tee chair­per­son Dr Peter Ngatane, the or­gan­i­sa­tion will this year in­struct its pugilists to de­fend their cham­pi­onship belts within the stip­u­lated three-month pe­riod, fail­ing which the box­ers will be stripped of their cham­pi­onship belts.

“The Box­ing Act stip­u­lates that a fighter must de­fend his crown within three months of win­ning it, fail­ing which he will for­feit his ti­tle,” said Ngatane.

“The sanc­tion­ing com­mit­tee will this year in­struct cham­pi­ons to fight more of­ten. Ob­vi­ously, this will be done in con­sul­ta­tion with the rat­ings com­mit­tee, which is an in­de­pen­dent body.”

The idle SA ti­tle­hold­ers in­clude Christo­pher Buthelezi, a mid­dleweight slug­ger from KwaZulu-Na­tal; Nku­l­uleko Mh­longo, a ju­nior mid­dleweight, also from that prov­ince; and Bal­imo Weliya, a su­per mid­dleweight who fights out of the East­ern Cape.

Ac­cord­ing to the Jan­uary rat­ings list com­piled by the BSA’s in­de­pen­dent com­mit­tee, Buthelezi last de­fended his crown in 2014 since win­ning it three years ear­lier, al­though his pro­moter claims this is in­ac­cu­rate.

Mh­longo be­came the ti­tle­holder in 2011 and last put his cham­pi­onship belt on the line an as­ton­ish­ing three years ago.

Weliya like­wise last risked his crown in 2013 af­ter be­ing de­clared the champ three years ear­lier.

Ngatane, who is also the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the World Box­ing Coun­cil and serves on the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s rat­ings com­mit­tee, said the BSA had in the past been le­nient on ti­tle­hold­ers as a re­sult of the SABC’s broad­cast­ing

PHOTO: SIZWE NKOMO

LONG WAIT

Christo­pher Buthelezi

PHOTO: MUNTU VI­LAKAZI

STERN Dr Peter Ngatane, chair­per­son of the BSA sanc­tion­ing com­mit­tee, says they will be stricter on na­tional cham­pi­ons this year

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