Boxing SA downscales annual awards

2010-04-16 12:06

Boxing SA (BSA), which recorded a R4 million loss last year, has

“downscaled” its annual awards because of financial constraints.

BSA will finally stage the awards ceremony next Friday – almost

three months after the usual date – at St George’s Hotel in Rietvleidam,

Gauteng, after piggy-backing on the ministry of sports and recreation’s annual


Because the sports ministry will pay for licensees’ travelling,

accommodation, catering fees and venue booking for the convention, BSA’s awards

will cost less.

However, BSA will still lose R200 000 in broadcasting rights fees

as the event will not be beamed live by the SABC. As a result of the SABC

blackout, BSA will stage the ceremony between 5pm and 7pm.

“Despite the tight budget, we will still stage the awards because

they are important for our legacy, though we will downscale them. Even in 1996

or 1997 we had downscaled the awards,” said BSA acting CEO Loyiso Mtya.

Only eight “main” categories – instead of the usual 18 – will be


“Once we are back on our feet, we will have all the categories. In

fact, we have recovered and don’t owe anyone at the moment. That’s why we are

able to stage the awards ceremony from our coffers.”

Mtya admitted that the three-month uncertainty over the staging of

the awards was “mainly due to budget constraints”.

IBF junior bantamweight champion Simphiwe “Golden Master” Nongqayi

is expected to scoop the coveted BSA Boxer of the Year award.

Also at the ceremony, champions who won vacant titles will be

presented with their belts, while all titleholders will be awarded the green BSA


Mtya added that the two tournaments scheduled for the same weekend

would not serve as counterattractions.

Future Boxing Promotions will stage Sipho Taliwe’s defence of the

SA junior lightweight title against ­Warren Joubert next Friday at Wembley

Arena, Johannesburg.

Next Sunday, Sikhulule Sudzumo and Mzolisi Yoyo will battle for the

vacant SA junior welterweight belt in a tournament to be presented by Eyethu

Boxing ­Promotions at Orient Theatre, East London.

Mtya said the indaba will be staged from 9am to 4pm next Friday,

followed by the awards and Future Boxing Promotions’ tournament at 8pm.

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