BSA to pay 15 box­ers owed by pro­mot­ers

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

In a move aimed at help­ing the sport avoid hav­ing an­other black eye, as it were, Box­ing SA (BSA) has de­cided to pay 15 box­ers the money they are owed by pro­mot­ers.

Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndon­geni was not paid his R100 000 by Si­juta Pro­mo­tions’ Andile Si­dinile af­ter his 10-round light­weight fight against Tan­za­nian Emilio Nor­fat at Ori­ent The­atre in East Lon­don on April 22.

An­other fighter who fea­tured on that bill and did not re­ceive pay­ment is Simpiwe “V12” Ve­tyeka (feath­er­weight), who traded punches with Ja­pan’s Tsuyoshi Tameda over 10 rounds. He was owed R300 000 by the same im­pre­sario.

Seven other box­ers who fought un­der Si­juta and were not paid have been listed, while the other eight pugilists were owed money by Ma­mali Pro­mo­tions (see box).

Mzonke Fana was sup­posed to get R200 000 for the va­cant World Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal su­per feath­er­weight ti­tle against Koos Sibiya at Mdantsane In­door Cen­tre in March last year. The fight was staged by Ma­mali and Fana got noth­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to BSA CEO Tsholofelo Le­jaka, fight­ers who cam­paigned un­der Si­juta would have their pay­ments fi­nalised be­fore the end of this month, while those who fought un­der Ma­mali, owned by Siphatho Handi, have now re­ceived their first in­stal­ment of the three pay­ments that will set­tle their en­tire bill.

Handi’s pro­mot­ers’ li­cence has been re­voked.

Le­jaka said the gov­ern­ing body de­cided to re­im­burse the fight­ers to re­dress the im­bal­ances of the past, where some con­tests went ahead with­out any money be­ing de­posited by pro­mot­ers into BSA’s bank ac­count for the show­downs to be staged.

In terms of the SA Box­ing Act, a pro­moter must de­posit the purse money with the BSA no later than 30 days prior to the tour­na­ment, or by any other date spec­i­fied by BSA.

“Pre­vi­ously, BSA, out of cour­tesy and con­sid­er­a­tion, used to al­low and ac­cept writ­ten com­mit­ment from spon­sors of pro­mot­ers,” Le­jaka said.

“This prac­tice has now shown that this cour­tesy had flaws and could be abused, re­sult­ing in tour­na­ments go­ing ahead and prom­ises not be­ing hon­oured later.”

For­mer TV sports com­men­ta­tor Dicksy Ngqula, who or­gan­ised the Premier Box­ing League (PBL) in East Lon­don last Fe­bru­ary, owes Ndon­geni, who se­cured the league ti­tle, R1 mil­lion.

Ngqula is yet to pay Maka­zole Tete (fly­weight), Macbute Sinyabi (feath­er­weight) and Toto Helebe (ban­tamweight) their promised R200 000 each.

“BSA had tried to in­ter­vene in the mat­ter, but de­cided not to pur­sue it as the PBL is­sue was not about the prize money,” Le­jaka said.

Ndon­geni said BSA had al­ready paid him the first tranche of R26 000. “This is great and it shows that BSA re­ally takes box­ers se­ri­ously.”

Fana said: “BSA says they will fin­ish pay­ing me by Jan­uary. I can’t tell you how much I got at the mo­ment be­cause it’s per­sonal.”

He said that “the CEO is do­ing his job prop­erly”.

PHOTO: THEMBA MAFOKANE

HID­ING Xolisani Ndon­geni will get the money that is due to him

PHOTO: LEON SADIKI

HIT­TER Simpiwe Ve­tyeka’s purse will be set­tled

PHOTO: PA­TRICK KUKARD

PROSPECT Luzuko Siyo is yet to be paid

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