BSA about to KO in­ac­tive champs

CityPress - - Sport - PULE MOKHINE pmokhine@city­

Na­tional box­ing cham­pi­ons may lose their ti­tles af­ter fail­ing to meet the May 31 dead­line to make manda­tory de­fences.

The Box­ing South Africa (BSA) sanc­tion­ing com­mit­tee has vowed to clamp down on fighters who have not put their cham­pi­onship belts on the line.

The com­mit­tee gave 11 pugilists un­til the end of last month to make manda­tory de­fences or kiss their crowns good­bye.

Ac­cord­ing to BSA sanc­tion­ing com­mit­tee chair­per­son Dr Peter Ngatane, the com­mit­tee had a list of some of the pugilists who were about to be stripped of their crowns for not de­fend­ing them.

The cul­prits are Ryno Lieben­berg (light heavy­weight), Balemo Weliya (su­per mid­dleweight), Christo­pher Buthelezi (mid­dleweight), Nku­l­uleko Mh­longo (ju­nior mid­dleweight), Sean Ness (feath­er­weight), Mzonke Fana (light­weight), Jasper Seroka (ju­nior light­weight), Macbute Sinyabi (feath­er­weight), Bon­gani Mahlangu (ju­nior feath­er­weight), Toto Helebe (ban­tamweight) and Bon­gani Silila (ju­nior fly­weight).

Ngatane told City Press some of the fighters had writ­ten to ask for an ex­ten­sion of the dead­line of their ti­tle de­fence to June 30.

“Some of the let­ters in our pos­ses­sion are from box­ers who have re­quested an ex­ten­sion of the dead­line to de­fend.

“We are go­ing through those let­ters,” he said.

“Those who have not yet com­mu­ni­cated with us will def­i­nitely lose their crowns at the end of this month.”

But he could not dis­close who the in­di­vid­ual pugilists or rep­re­sen­ta­tives who had come for­ward were.

Trainer Colin Nathan said he had asked for his charges Lieben­berg and Ness, who hold na­tional light heavy­weight and wel­ter­weight crowns re­spec­tively, to be af­forded an ex­ten­sion.

“I wrote to BSA last month re­quest­ing that my box­ers be given till the end of May to sort out their ti­tle de­fence, and they haven’t re­sponded yet,” said Nathan.

A copy of the let­ter, dated May 9 2016, is in City Press’ pos­ses­sion. Ngatane ac­knowl­edged re­ceipt of the let­ter.

Many of the na­tional ti­tle hold­ers have not put their crowns on the line since win­ning them.

This has put the cred­i­bil­ity of the rat­ings com­mit­tee in doubt.

Many box­ers have in­stead opted to con­test cham­pi­onships re­lated to or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the World Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion and the In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IBO).

Sinyabi, the holder of the IBO in­ter­na­tional feath­er­weight ti­tle, won the na­tional crown by beat­ing Os­car Chauke on points at Ori­ent Theatre in Novem­ber. He has not staked his na­tional cham­pi­onship yet and seems un­per­turbed about the prospect of los­ing his na­tional di­a­dem.

“Let BSA take their ti­tle. I don’t need it be­cause my fo­cus at the mo­ment is fight­ing for the IBO crown,” said Sinyabi.

Ac­cord­ing to the rat­ings, Fana won the crown in March last year. He last fought three months ago, when he beat Vusumzi Bokolo in a ti­tle de­fence at Ori­ent Theatre.

The BSA sanc­tion­ing com­mit­tee this week re­leased its lat­est rat­ing list.

Ac­cord­ing to its chair­per­son, Wil­lie Saay­man, the ti­tle-hold­ers were still on the list.

“I have not yet re­ceived any direc­tive from the BSA sanc­tion­ing com­mit­tee to re­move any fighters from the list.

“So their names still ap­pear as cham­pi­ons,” he said.

A no­table change in ti­tle is that of An­ton Nel.

He sur­ren­dered his ti­tle to Os­borne Machi­mana af­ter be­ing knocked out in the fourth round at the Birch­wood Ho­tel in Brak­pan two weeks ago.

Nel, who is now re­tired, had reigned supreme since 2013.


SE­RI­OUS Dr Peter Ngatane, BSA sanc­tion­ing com­mit­tee chair­per­son, says in­ac­tive cham­pi­ons will be stripped of their ti­tles at the end of this month


VET­ERAN Mzonke Fana de­fended his ti­tle in March


IN­AC­TIVE Buthelezi Christo­pher


PAR­DON Ryno Lieben­berg


TI­TLE Ju­nior light­weight Jasper Seroka

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