Boxers angered at no-show

2014-06-08 15:00

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The last-minute cancellation of a boxing event that should have taken place on Friday has irked local boxers.

Cruiserweight sensation Kevin “KO Kid” Lerena (22) took to Twitter to vent his anger over the event that was to be staged at the Heartfelt Arena in Pretoria.

Real Steel Promotions, the organisers of the tournament, said on Wednesday that the show was called off less than 72 hours before fight night “due to logistical reasons and circumstances beyond our control”.

Lerena said: “Calling fights off

three days prior to an event has left a very bitter taste in my mouth. As a professional athlete, no boxer deserves that.”

The undefeated Lerena was due to fight against his fellow Gauteng opponent, Daniel Bruwer, for the vacant WBF intercontinental cruiserweight title.

“I am actually gutted and fed up with the late postponement. However, it is what it is. In this world there isn’t time for crybabies. We need to seek new opportunities, put pen to paper and fight,” he tweeted.

Lerena, a former rugby player, added that his trainer, Sean Smith, hones his skills, which he uses “to pay bills”.

Lerena and the other fighters who were on the same bill will get paid only 10% of what was supposed to be their purse money.

Bruwer’s trainer Nic Durandt is also fuming and told City Press they had trained for 11 weeks for the fight.

“It’s very disappointing because being a boxer is a professional job and my boxer was looking forward to payday after intensive training. Now it’s like he worked for mahala,” Durandt said.

The Durandt’s Boxing World boss said the 10% compensation was a “joke” because it was less than what they had spent to prepare for the fight.

North American Boxing Federation cruiserweight king Thabiso Mchunu, who was also on the card, also expressed his disappointment.

“It’s sad but these things do happen, it’s not the end of the world. Besides, it is not like I took a loan hoping to settle it after the fight,” he said.

Mchunu was due to fight Julio César Dos Santos of Brazil for the IBF international cruiserweight on the same bill.

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