The Chron­i­cle

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

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.

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