WBC hits Vetyeka below the belt

2012-03-24 14:22

The World Boxing Council (WBC) has inexplicably and mysteriously sidelined Simphiwe Vetyeka for a crack at the world title.

Otherwise, how would you explain the WBC announcing a forthcoming super bantamweight title fight between Abner Mares and Eric Morel scheduled for Texas on April 21?

The crown was held by Toshiaki Nishioka, but, according to RingTV, he cannot defend the title due to personal issues.

What is unthinkable about the WBC’s action is that the organisation initially confirmed Vetyeka was the mandatory challenger for Nishioka’s crown.
This the South African accomplished when he beat Mexican Giovani Caro in his backyard last July in an elimination contest.

That victory also earned the Eastern Cape fighter the WBC international super bantamweight crown.

It was Vetyeka who was supposed to fight for the crown as the winner of an elimination bout.

Strangely, now it’s Nishioka who will take on the winner between Mares and Morel when the former champion is available to fight.

And, Vetyeka has been left out in the cold.

The latest developments have antagonised Vetyeka’s outspoken handler, Nick Durandt.

A fuming Durandt echoed words to the effect that a book might be written about the injustices of the WBC, acclaimed to be the strongest fight body in the world.

“The WBC has basked under the limelight of being the most prestigious fight body in the world, but their series of escapades lately have left the fight fraternity wondering,” raged Durandt.

Pressed to reveal the WBC’s other escapades, an outraged Durandt kept saying “the disgraceful and unashamed WBC has been under serious scrutiny for its shenanigans lately”.

Vetyeka’s camp was excited when he beat Caro, believing that he stood poised to become one of the few South Africans to contest a major WBC title.

Vetyeka previously made an unsuccessful attempt to win a WBC (bantamweight) title but he lost against Hozumi Hasegawa in Japan four years ago.

Peter Ngatane, the WBC’s representative in South Africa and member of its board of governors agreed that the treatment of Vetyeka “seems a gross injustice”.

“I am making all efforts to find out what happened from Jose Sulaiman (WBC president) and I should know in a few days,” said Ngatane.

The WBC has proved slippery, evidenced by the fact that only two locals – super middleweights Thulani Malinga and Dingaan Thobela – have won WBC belts.

The only other South African who fought for the WBC title is bantamweight Vusi Malinga.

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