‘Balfour and Qithi will kill SA boxing in a year’

2012-07-28 14:58

Killer instinct is associated with top fighters, but ironically the bosses of Boxing South Africa (BSA) are the people being linked with this deadly faculty.

Chairperson Ngconde Balfour, a former government minister, and chief executive Moffat Qithi “will destroy local boxing in about a year”, according to promoters Rodney Berman, Jeff Ellis and three-time world champion Dingaan “The Rose of Soweto” Thobela.

Former paid fighters Keith Rass and Jeffrey Mankune echoed their sentiments.

The fight personalities were reacting to the news that Balfour, Qithi and the board will now take charge of television dates.

Stakeholders in boxing cannot speak to various broadcasters because of an agreement concluded between the BSA and the SABC.

“In a year, Balfour and Qithi will singularly go down as the pair who destroyed local boxing,” charged Berman.

“The tragedy is that the two men who are the worst ever to take charge of the game have now become an opposition by behaving as promoters.

“They are illegally imposing themselves as promoters though their duty is to regulate the interests of stakeholders,” said Ellis.

Thobela said the activity that made him was headed for the dogs. “We mourn the departure of a great man (one-time BSA chairperson), Mthobi Tyamzashe,” he said.

City Press mentioned the allegations to Balfour and Qithi.

Qithi said each licensee had a right to communicate directly to the BSA on any matter, and the organisation has an obligation to respond and address issues.

“The board of the BSA has licensed boxing stakeholders as at March 2012,” said Qithi.

“This successful process has created for the first time an official and legal relationship between the BSA and stakeholders in line with the SA boxing Act No 11 of 2001, which includes the individuals mentioned in allegations.

“The BSA will patiently await these allegations being raised directly and they will be appropriately answered,” he said.

Berman added that what Balfour and Qithi were doing could lead to corruption.

“Dates might be given to cronies and all the money to bankroll a show might not go to the promoter,” said Berman.

Interestingly, the country’s top promoters, Berman and Branco Milenkovic, who are sworn rivals, now have a common foe in the BSA.

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