BULAWAYO, Tuesday, October 1, 1991 — Heavyweight boxing title contender Bonyongo Destroyer of Beitbridge, angrily dismissing reports that his handlers threw in the towel during his latest attempt for the crown held by Black Tiger in Hwange at the weekend, has accused the Zimbabwe National Boxing and Wrestling Board of Control of working against his interests.
In a telephone call from Beitbridge yesterday, Bonyongo said he only learned through the Press that he had ‘’lost’’ the fight to Tiger by a technical knockout in the 10th round. He said the referee, ZNBWBC vice-secretary Oliver Besa, was ‘’unbelievably inept’’ and had left the ring without awarding the fight to either boxer.
According to our Hwange correspondent, Bonyongo fell onto the ropes after a rabbit punch from the champion midway of the 10th round, and would have tumbled head-first onto the concrete surface outside the ring had he not been saved by Harare boxing trainer Moses Makhula, who held him up from the ringside.
Verbal exchanges are reported to have erupted between Bonyongo’s handlers, referee Besa and the champion’s corner over Besa’s failure to caution Tiger for grabbing the challenger and hitting him on the back of his head.