A year packed with punch

2009-12-26 13:27

Four locals won IBF titles in a year that saw success in the ring overshadowing administrative mishaps, writes ELIJAH MOHOLOLA.

JANUARY
The Baby Champs finals are held in Pretoria, producing several hopefuls such as Wandile Mseleku, Thabo Sonjica, Miniyakhe Sityata and Mthobisi Buthelezi.

World Boxing Foundation featherweight champion ­Ludumo Galada is killed tragically in a car accident in East London, Eastern Cape.

FEBRUARY
Phillip Ndou wins via a fifth-round TKO over Rachid Drilzane of France in his comeback bout after a five-year absence due to a brain cyst.

Ali Funeka takes the risk by fighting against an over-the-limit Nate Campbell for the International Boxing Federation lightweight crown, losing via a majority decision.

Cassius Baloyi finally scoops the coveted Boxing South Africa (BSA) Boxer of the Year accolade.

?Erstwhile IBO featherweight champion Thomas Mashaba pulls out of a March 20 bout against Fernando Beltran Jr of Mexico due to a shoulder injury.

MARCH
BSA admits lack of funding has knocked out its annual convention.

Vusi Malinga is knocked out in the first round by WBC bantamweight champion Hozumi Hasegawa in Japan.

The Gauteng Promoters’ Association challenges Icasa’s 2003 ruling that led to boxing not being listed as a national sport, following submissions by Golden Gloves and Eyethu Promotions.

APRIL
Cassius Baloyi, the then IBF lightweight champion, is dethroned by Malcolm Klassen in a bout that saw stablemates fighting for the ­first time in South Africa.

Jeffrey Mathebula suffers a home-town decision loss against IBF/World Boxing Association (WBA) junior featherweight titleholder ­Celestino Caballero in Panama.

MAY
Four Nic Durandt-trained boxers – Silence Mabuza, Malcolm Klassen, Isaac Hlatshwayo and Evans Mbamba – become beneficiaries of a R2-million sponsorship from Neo Africa.

Boxing South Africa chief executive Bongani Khumalo resigns, citing poor corporate governance, erosion of his authority and interference.

Branco Milenkovic becomes the best in the world by winning the International Boxing Federation (IBF) Promoter of the Year Award.

After leading for 11 rounds, Silence Mabuza gets stopped in the final round by Colombian Yohnny Perez in an IBF bantamweight eliminator.

JUNE
BSA appoints Deloitte as internal auditor.

Talented Nkosinathi Joyi outboxes Florante Condes of the Philippines to become the International Boxing Federation’s mini-flyweight mandatory challenger.

JULY
BSA and its boxing promoters are at war over who should have the rights to stage Baby Champs tournaments.

SuperSport’s intention to introduce their own annual boxing awards is seen as a move to upstage competitors SABC, who traditionally stage BSA’s yearly event.

?Lovemore “Black Panther” Ndou beats Phillip “Time Bomb” Ndou on points for the IBO welterweight title.

BSA considers the possibility of being privatised in a move that would need about R30?million, with businessman Butityi Konki later revealing his ­intention to raise the required capital.

It emerges that the national broadcaster, the SABC, owes its promoters a staggering R8?million in broadcast rights.

AUGUST
Butityi Konki and promoter ­Rodney Berman’s relationship ends in a huff, leading to Phillip Ndou and Simphiwe Vetyeka later joining Branco Sports Promotions.

Light heavyweight prospect Jarred Lovett is found to have used stanozolol, a steroid that aids muscle growth, following his loss to the lanky Tommy Oosthuizen.

Mzonke Fana defeats Jasper Seroka in an International Boxing Federation junior lightweight eliminator.

Isaac Hlatshwayo wins the IBF welterweight belt on points against Delvin Rodriguez in the US. Seven days later, Hlatshwayo leaves trainer Nic Durandt and is the subject of a legal row between promoters Branco Milenkovic and Rodney Berman.

?Flyweight Christopher Mayekiso is stabbed to death by attackers.

Malcolm Klassen’s IBF title loss to Robert Guerrero in Houston is ­followed by revelations that he was overweight when he arrived in the US and had skipped training.

SEPTEMBER

Englishman Ricky Hatton arrives in South Africa as a Golden Gloves guest for a tournament that sees Zolani Marali lose his IBO title to South ­Korean Ji Hoon Kim.

Simphiwe Nongqayi upsets legendary Jorge Arce to be crowned the IBF junior bantamweight king.

An impressive Takalani Ndlovu dominates and wins against Spaniard Kiko Martinez in an IBF featherweight eliminator.

Rodney Berman and Branco Milenkovic are at war again, with the ­latter accusing his rival of being behind Daniel Bruwer’s decision to shun a World Boxing Organisation Africa fight on the night of the tournament.

Ali Funeka joins BK Sports in a two-year deal worth R350?000.

OCTOBER

Top trainer Welsh Mnguni dies in his sleep at his home in Duncan Village, East London.

The IBO’s and BSA’s decision to approve Zolani Marali, who got stopped in his preceding bout, for a lightweight title fight against Mlungisi Dlamini causes an uproar.

A R5-million budget cut knocks Robs Promotions out of the Macufe Cup in Bloemfontein, Free State. Owner Blacky Seoe later announces he is quitting boxing as a promoter.

Jacob “Baby Jake” Matlala ­reveals his plan to become a promoter, including the abolition of long-term contracts and ensuring reasonable purses for boxers.

Cassius Baloyi returns to the ring to win all the rounds against ­Argentinian Roberto Arrieta in an IBF No?2 eliminator.

NOVEMBER

Barely a week after Nkosana ­Sobethu is hospitalised following his fight against Lusanda Komanisi in East London, Funsani Monta is taken to hospital after being at the receiving end of Ronald Park’s blows in Lenasia.

BSA’s annual report reveals that the organisation is operating on a R4.3?million loss.

The World Boxing Foundation threatens legal action against splinter group the World Boxing Federation over the use of the acronym WBF and the ownership of champions.

Nic Durandt makes eyebrow-raising revelations and allegations when he finally comments on why Cassius Baloyi, Isaac Hlatshwayo, Daniel Bruwer, Isaac Chilembe and Zolani Tete left his stable.

Moruti Mthalane wins SA’s fourth IBF title of the year by defeating Mexican Julio Miranda at Wembley Arena.

DECEMBER
The IBF reviews the fight between Ali Funeka and Joan Guzman, which was scored a draw despite the South African dominating 10 of the 12 rounds.

A two-man panel appointed by Sports Minister Makhenkesi Stofile recommends that the BSA board and management be fired.

Isaac Hlatshwayo loses his IBF welterweight title to German-based ­Dejan Zaveck after being stopped in the third round at Wembley Arena.
 

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