BSA to hire pro­vin­cial man­agers

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Box­ing SA (BSA) is on the verge of ap­point­ing two pro­vin­cial man­agers to ease Archie Ny­ingwa’s heavy work­load.

Ny­ingwa cur­rently op­er­ates in Gaut­eng, the North­ern Cape, the Free State, North West and Lim­popo.

The BSA pro­vin­cial man­ager was meant to be over­see­ing li­cencees in Gaut­eng only, but also op­er­ates in the other four prov­inces as they have no rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

The rest of the coun­try’s prov­inces have their own man­agers in charge of serv­ing lo­cal li­censees. The Eastern Cape falls un­der Phakamile Ja­cobs and Mthunzi Mapi­tiza; the Western Cape is run by Mickey Klaas; KwaZu­luNatal is led by Les An­dreasen; and Mpumalanga has its af­fairs run by Solly Mat­somela.

Gaut­eng com­prises 366 li­censees

This in­cludes box­ers, train­ers, man­agers, of­fi­cials, sec­onds, agents, pro­mot­ers, match­mak­ers and ring an­nounc­ers.

How­ever, Ny­ingwa finds him­self with the added bur­den of han­dling an ex­tra 114 li­censees from the four prov­inces.

BSA chief ex­ec­u­tive Tsholofelo Le­jaka said the ap­point­ments would help the sport grow na­tion­ally.

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“The BSA has taken it upon it­self to ap­point two new pro­vin­cial man­agers to strengthen its foot­print na­tion­ally and fa­cil­i­tate growth in other prov­inces,” he said.

“The BSA feels the ab­sence of pro­vin­cial man­agers in some prov­inces has a neg­a­tive af­fect on the growth prospects of box­ing in those prov­inces.”

Le­jaka said each of the new man­agers would be re­spon­si­ble for two prov­inces.

“The think­ing is to get two man­agers and then al­lo­cate two prov­inces to each,” Le­jaka said, and added that fi­nal ap­proval to com­mence the re­cruit­ment process would be agreed to by the board soon.

Ny­ingwa has been in charge of run­ning the five prov­inces since 2015 af­ter the res­ig­na­tion of for­mer BSA chief ex­ec­u­tive Loy­iso Mtya, who left fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion, fraud and fi­nan­cial mis­man­age­ment of the box­ing body.

“I’m happy with the new changes be­cause the ad­di­tional peo­ple will ease the pres­sure on me,” said the hard-work­ing Ny­ingwa, who is of­ten spot­ted do­ing his lot at des­ig­nated BSA shows out­side Gaut­eng as a tour­na­ment su­per­vi­sor.

“I’m re­lieved be­cause I will now be able to con­cen­trate on over­see­ing Gaut­eng, a province where there are many tour­na­ments and pro­mot­ers.” Simphiwe “Chain Re­ac­tion” Khonco is burning with de­sire to unify the In­ter­na­tional Box­ing Or­gan­i­sa­tion (IBO) and World Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (WBA) min­i­mumweight ti­tles.

In do­ing this, he would em­u­late sta­ble­mate Hekkie “Hex­e­cu­tioner” Budler, who held both crowns be­fore sur­ren­der­ing them to Nicaraguan By­ron Ro­jas via a unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion in March last year.

Khonco cur­rently holds the IBO ver­sion, while the WBA belt be­longs to Tham­manoon Niy­omtrong of Thai­land.

Chain Re­ac­tion is ranked num­ber two be­hind Ro­jas in con­tention for Niy­omtrong’s cham­pi­onship belt.

The Mthatha, Eastern Cape-born fighter is hoping that the cham­pion will meet him in a vol­un­tary ti­tle de­fence soon. This hap­pens when a ti­tle holder puts his crown on the line against any con­tender ex­cept the first ranked. In this case, it will be Khonco.

He is wait­ing with bated breath for the big­gest mo­ment of his box­ing ca­reer – to own two belts just like Budler did.

“I learnt this week that I am second in con­tention for the WBA ti­tle. I’m hard at train­ing be­cause this means that I can get a uni­fi­ca­tion bout at any time now. I’m work­ing very hard and ready for the uni­fi­ca­tion bout,” said Khonco.

His trainer, Colin “No­makan­jani” Nathan, said it would be a his­toric achievement for their Johannesburg sta­ble to pro­duce two fighters who held sim­i­lar crowns.

“Simphiwe is in great shape and we can­not wait to see him get into the ring to fight for two ti­tles,” said Nathan.

“I’m con­fi­dent the bout will hap­pen be­fore the end of this year be­cause the cham­pion has to make a vol­un­tary de­fence.”

Khonco lost to Budler by a unan­i­mous points de­ci­sion for the IBO/WBA cham­pi­onship in 2015.

But Chain Re­ac­tion re­deemed him­self by win­ning the then va­cant IBO di­a­dem when he out­pointed Siyabonga Siyo in June last year.

He has made two suc­cess­ful de­fences by reg­is­ter­ing unan­i­mous points wins over Nkosi­nathi Joyi at Ori­ent The­atre in East Lon­don in Novem­ber, and over Lito Dante from the Philip­pines at Em­per­ors Palace on June 10.

Mthmnzi Maphithiza R Phakamile Ja­coTs

Solly Mat­somela

Archie Ny­ingwa

Les AnWreasen

Mickey Klaas

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