The behind-the-scenes dealings that cost Tenge world title

2013-09-14 13:11

The defamation case against Boxing SA (BSA) and its CEO Moffat Qithi by Branco Sport Productions (BSP) boss Branco Milenkovic finally started in the South Gauteng High Court yesterday.

This after former International Boxing Federation (IBF) welterweight female champion Noni Tenge was stripped of her title without throwing a punch last July.

But mudslinging between her promoter Milenkovic and Qithi got so bad, it ended up in court.

Milenkovic is suing the embattled Qithi and BSA for R4 million for statements made to the media in the aftermath of the title-loss debacle.

Tenge’s title was taken away from her after failing to defend her title within the nine-month period set by the IBF.

On the stand during the first day of the proceedings was Milenkovic, who revealed the behind-the-scenes communication at that time.

Milenkovic said he had warned BSA of the possibility of Tenge losing her title, but was snubbed by Qithi and former chairperson Ngconde Balfour who only responded with a sarcastic “thanks Branco” to his emails.

It was only when reality hit home that Qithi wrote to the IBF, saying the situation would have been different had the world sanctioning body communicated directly with the BSA.

The role played by Tenge’s trainer/manager Lennox “Boy Boy” Mpulampula also came to light, painting him as a dishonest man who did not pass on messages as the middle man between boxer and promoter.

The case continues on Monday.

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