Ngwenya’s tournament called off

2016-11-24 06:02
 Mzonke ‘The Rose of Khayelitsha’ Fana decorated with his hard won championship belts.

Mzonke ‘The Rose of Khayelitsha’ Fana decorated with his hard won championship belts.

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Boxing fans have been dealt a humiliating blow by a local promoter.

Real Deal Promotions' Vusi Ngwenya has backtracked from a bout that was scheduled for Saturday evening at the OR Tambo Sports Complex in Khayelitsha.

He announced on Tuesday that the tournament has been cancelled due to “lack of support”.

He said: “It’s been very difficult to get support here and our plans were scattered when Mzonke Fana decided to pull out of the tournament, that, in turn, led to our main sponsor withdrawing from this event,”.

Fana was expected to defend his National Lightweight title against Sanele Msimang of Port Elizabeth.

Ngwenya said Fana pulled out for another fight in the North West Province.

However, Fana has shot back at the allegations that he pulled out.

He said sixth sense informed him that the fight would not materialise anyway.

“I could sense that the fight would not take place and I signed with another promoter...Mr Ngwenya must find another excuse,” said Fana.

Meanwhile ringside observers have taken to social media to lambast Ngwenya.

Andile Ndevu, a member of the Western Cape Promoters Association task team questioned why promoters go to the media before signing contracts, knowing full well that they don’t have the financial muscle to put up a tournament.

Ndevu urged Boxing South Africa to take strong action against “bogus boxing promoters”.

Sinethemba Mde Mandyoli, a boxing writer and analyst, said most of the boxers mentioned in the promotional poster for the Fana bout, “never signed contracts for this bout in the first place”

“That is the reason I am not surprised,” he said.

Veteran boxer Johannes Salie said this was a sign that boxing is not just in trouble, but that a deeper malaise existed in its circles.

“It’s deeper than that. It’s in a s**t hole. BSA must suspend these wannabe promoters for a period of 5 to 10 years for playing with other peoples times and efforts,” he said.

Salie said BSA house must be put in order.

Promoter Charles Mjikelo also vented his spleen on the matter.

“How come you have boxing tournament but you don’t have the money to host that tournament,” he asked angrily.

Notable ringsider and sport supporter Paul Alexander was sarcastic: “Is it true this business will now be called “Not Real Deal Promotions,” he asked in jest.

Mickey Klaas BSA Western Cape Co-ordinator said the promoter had not complied with the requirements to stage a fight.

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