A year packed with punch

2009-12-29 11:53

 

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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