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