Up­set SA box­ers dump US pro­moter

Stable­mates push Co­hen out of their cor­ner for ne­glect­ing their ca­reers

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Stable­mates Lu­sanda “School­boy” Ko­man­isi and Mzu­vuk­ile “Old Bones” Mag­waca have dumped US box­ing pro­moter Greg Co­hen for fail­ing to de­liver on his prom­ises.

This fol­lowed the strip­ping of their world ti­tle belts in Jan­uary due to in­ac­tiv­ity.

While Ko­man­isi for­feited his In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IBO) fly­weight crown, Mag­waca lost his World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (WBA) in­ter­na­tional feath­er­weight hon­ours.

How­ever, de­spite Co­hen’s fail­ure to or­gan­ise bouts for them, the two fight­ers still stuck with him, hop­ing that some­thing pos­i­tive would come of it, but with no suc­cess.

School­boy and Old Bones, who are man­aged by Mlan­deli Tengim­fene of All Win­ners Box­ing Club in East Lon­don, teamed up with Greg Co­hen Pro­mo­tions in July and Septem­ber last year, re­spec­tively, with prom­ises that they would get chances to de­fend their ti­tles un­der the Man­hat­tan-based con­sor­tium. But noth­ing hap­pened. Mat­ters came to a head when they were stripped of their di­adems for fail­ing to de­fend them. Ac­cord­ing to the rules, a cham­pion must stake his crown nine months af­ter win­ning it, fail­ing which, his belt will be de­clared va­cant.

Mdantsane-based School­boy, who has not fought since de­fend­ing his IBO crown against Filipino Roli Gasca at the Orient Theatre in East Lon­don in 2015, con­firmed he was done with Co­hen.

He said it was not worth stick­ing with a pro­moter who did not de­liver on his promise to or­gan­ise fights for his charges.

“Imag­ine hav­ing last fought in 2015. This is bad and I hope to get a pro­moter who will take my box­ing ca­reer se­ri­ously.”

Old Bones, who hails from Khayelit­sha in the Western Cape, has not tasted any ac­tion since win­ning the WBA in­ter­na­tional cham­pi­onship in Au­gust 2015 by out­point­ing José San­tos González at the Orient Theatre.

Mag­waca said: “I’m done fight­ing un­der pro­moter Co­hen, who cost me my world ti­tle by not get­ting me fights.”

Tengim­fene said he asked Co­hen to re­lease his charges from the con­tract.

Tengim­fene has con­firmed that Greg Co­hen Pro­mo­tions has re­leased the two box­ers and that he has the two re­lease let­ters in his pos­ses­sion.

“I wrote to Greg Co­hen Pro­mo­tions re­quest­ing them to re­lease the box­ers from their cur­rent con­tract af­ter see­ing the pro­moter could not or­gan­ise fights for the box­ers,” said Tengim­fene.

“My duty as a man­ager is to look for a pro­moter who will take my boys to where they be­long – to the top. It is re­gret­table that my boys lost their crowns this way.”

At­tempts to reach Co­hen for com­ment were un­suc­cess­ful as he did not re­turn our mes­sage left on his voice­mail. He also did not re­spond to our ques­tions sent to his of­fice via email.

Mag­waca will meet Filipino Ja­son Canoy for the va­cant World Box­ing Fed­er­a­tion ban­tamweight at Oliver Tambo Hall, Cape Town, on March 31.


SLUGFEST Lu­sanda Ko­man­isi (left), who de­feated Filipino Roli Gasca at the Orient Theatre in East Lon­don in 2015, is no longer fight­ing un­der Greg Co­hen Pro­mo­tions

OLD BONES Mzu­vuk­ile Mag­waca is also done with the US pro­moter

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