BSA to hire provincial managers
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.
“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.
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