BSA takes le­gal steps to re­cover box­ers’ money

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

Box­ing SA (BSA) has in­structed its lawyers to re­cover R552 000 owed by East­ern Cape pro­moter Andile Si­dinile in box­ers’ purse money.

This fol­lows the Si­juta Pro­mo­tions boss’ fail­ure to meet the pay­ment dead­line last Wed­nes­day for Simpiwe “V12” Ve­tyeka, Xolisani “Nomeva” Ndon­geni and Luzuko Siyo for their fights at the Ori­ent Theatre in East Lon­don last April.

Ve­tyeka was not paid R300 000 due to him for his feath­er­weight 10-round bout against Ja­pan’s Tsuyoshi Tameda, and Ndon­geni did not re­ceive his R100 000 for his 10-round light­weight scrap against Tan­za­nian Emilio Nor­fat on the same card. Siyo, who fought Ja­pan’s Yo­hei Tobe on the same bill for the World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion su­per fly­weight championship, did not re­ceive the R152 000 that was due to him. All these amounts add up to R552 000.

Seven other box­ers who fea­tured on the un­der-card were also not paid by Si­dinile, but their sums have not been dis­closed. BSA came to the fight­ers’ res­cue by set­tling their pay­ments on be­half of Si­dinile, with the im­pre­sario hav­ing to re­im­burse the box­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion. But he has not done so.

The de­ci­sion to have Si­dinile pay the money through lawyers fol­lows the sus­pen­sion of his box­ing li­cence af­ter fail­ing to meet the dead­line this week to set­tle the money due to BSA.

This fol­lows his fail­ure to com­ply with the rul­ing of the dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee to set­tle all the out­stand­ing purse money due to BSA by De­cem­ber 16 2016 or face sus­pen­sion. Af­ter be­ing given 60 days from the fi­nal day of his hear­ing, Si­dinile failed to com­ply with the dead­line for pay­ing his out­stand­ing purse money by Wed­nes­day.

BSA CEO Tsholofelo Le­jaka said: “BSA has de­cided to lodge a civil claim to re­cover the money the pro­moter owes to it.

“We have de­cided to get back the money ... and now the mat­ter is in the hands of our lawyers.”

He said the de­ci­sion to in­volve the lawyers started in Oc­to­ber.

“This was af­ter BSA got let­ters from the box­ers ced­ing pro­mot­ers’ debts to the or­gan­i­sa­tion.”

Le­jaka said he was con­fi­dent that BSA would be suc­cess­ful in get­ting Si­dinile to pay up.

“No pro­moter who owes box­ers will be al­lowed to pro­mote fights any more,” ex­plained Le­jaka.

At­tempts to get com­ment from Si­dinile were un­suc­cess­ful as his cell­phone was con­tin­u­ously turned off and SMSes sent to him went unan­swered.

An­other East Lon­don pro­moter, Siphatho Handi, who failed to pay lo­cal box­ers, Filipino op­po­nents and of­fi­cials for a fistic match staged at the Mdantsane In­door Sport Cen­tre in March 2015 owed the fight­ers R800 000.

He was found guilty by an in­de­pen­dent com­mit­tee and his li­cence was sus­pended for a year.

PHOTO: GALLO IM­AGES / FRENNIE SHIVAMBU

TOUGH BSA CEO Tsholofelo Le­jaka wants fair­ness for box­ers

PHOTO: SIBU­SISO MSIBI

TROU­BLE Andile Si­dinile has had his box­ing li­cence sus­pended

PHOTO: ANTONIO MUCHAVE

GONER Siphatho Handi of Ma­mali Pro­mo­tions

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