An­cient laws are block­ing ad­vance of sweet sci­ence

Box­ing SA must take the fight to sports min­istry

Sunday World - - Sport - Bon­gani Ma­gasela

In the midst of dif­fi­cul­ties sti­fling the progress of South African box­ing lies a po­ten­tial for a pos­i­tive out­come.

By search­ing for any pos­i­tive con­se­quence from the dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion, SA’s box­ing fra­ter­nity can be­gin to have some in­ner peace know­ing that these set­backs against the sport can be re­solved.

Such hope for a bet­ter fu­ture for box­ing is height­ened by Peter Ngatane-led Box­ing SA board’s de­ci­sion to ap­peal to the gov­ern­ment for an ur­gent re­view of some of the an­cient laws that they be­lieve stand in the way of the ad­vance­ment of the sport in the coun­try.

For starters, the fact that a li­censee can­not hold more than one li­cence to ad­vance a ca­reer in box­ing is killing the sport.

Have a look at Floyd May­weather Ju­nior who has been pro­mot­ing his own fights.

Just re­cently the Amer­i­can su­per­star pur­chased a man­sion worth $10m (R139m) in Las Ve­gas, US.

This box­ing cham­pion earned over $1bn (R14tril­lion) af­ter a re­ported $275m (R3tril­lion) pay­day for his fight with MMA fighter Conor McGre­gor last year. May­weather has two pri­vate jets and 25 of the most lav­ish cars, one of which is a $4.8m (R66m) Koenigsegg CCXR Tre­vita – of which only two were ever built.

That is why I salute Ngatane and com­pany for com­ing out openly about some­thing that is hin­der­ing the progress of lo­cal box­ers. Ngatane, rightly, ques­tions some of the laws gov­ern­ing box­ing in this coun­try be­cause they are an­cient.

Ngatane must take the fight right to the door of the sports min­istry and have cof­fee with sports min­is­ter Thokozile Xasa, who in my ob­ser­va­tion, is open to dis­cus­sion and seems to have a soft spot for the sport of box­ing. We want the laws changed now.

Xasa and the panel of six jour­nal­ists – who presided over the SA sports star of the year award – deemed it fit to have ac­com­plished box­ing per­son­al­i­ties rep­re­sent­ing their sport in the 13th edi­tion of the an­nual SA Sports Awards in Bloem­fontein where Hekkie Budler lost to dis­tin­guished ath­lete Caster Se­menya.

Zolani Tete was nom­i­nated in the cat­e­gory of the peo­ple’s choice award – an­other cat­e­gory from which Se­menya emerged the win­ner.

Leg­endary of­fi­cial Stan “Sharp Like a Ra­zor” Christodoulou and the late award­win­ning trainer Nick “Mthakathi” Du­randt were awarded with the Steve Tsh­wete life­time achieve­ment awards.

On be­half of box­ing – the hard and bloody sport which is about pain, suf­fer­ing, sac­ri­fices, de­ter­mi­na­tion and hard work – I say the mere nom­i­na­tion of the four showed the prom­ise of a brighter fu­ture and par­a­digm shift re­gard­ing per­cep­tions about box­ing.

Amandla!

“The hard and bloody sport is about pain, suf­fer­ing, sac­ri­fices and hard work”

Floyd May­weather Jnr and his Koenigsegg CCXR Tre­vita.

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